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A Look Beyond One's Own Nose: How Is the Post-Afghanistan Debate within Allied Nations?

Folge V der digitalen Gesprächsreihe zur Zukunft von zivil-militärischen Stabilisierungs- und Friedenseinsätzen

Episode V of the digital conversation series on the future of civil-military stabilization and peacekeeping missions



The rather abrupt ending of the Afghanistan mission and in particular the dramatic evacuation at Kabul’s airport have triggered vivid debates within numerous allies and NATO member states that were involved in Afghanistan. Calls for honest and in-depth evaluation of the engagement were uttered in many places. In some countries, the soul-searching experience has already started, and commissions and committees were inaugurated to evaluate the Afghanistan Mission. How are the post-Afghanistan debates in neighboring NATO countries? What are the different positions and what arguments are put forward? What lessons are drawn? What are the potential consequences and adaptations?


Mittwoch, 30.03.2022
16:00 Uhr
A Look Beyond One's Own Nose: How Is the Post-Afghanistan Debate within Allied Nations?

Kristian Berg HARPVIKEN, Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Oslo

Jorrit KAMMINGA, Senior Research Associate, Clingendael (Netherlands Institute of International Relations), The Hague

Francesca MANENTI, Senior Analyst for Asia and Pacific Affairs, Ce.S.I. - Centro Studi Internazionali, Rome

17:30 Uhr
Followed By Discussion.


Kristian Berg Harpviken
Professor Kristian Berg Harpviken is a Norwegian sociologist and researcher. From 2009 to 2017 he was the director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Currently, he is Research Professor and is topic-wise focusing especially on transnational mobilization and civil wars, war-related migration, and peacebuilding and peacemaking. Professor Harpviken is foremost known for his competence on Afghanistan, where he has travelled extensively and conducted multiple field works since he first engaged with the country in 1989.
Jorrit Kamminga
Dr. Jorrit Kamminga is Director of RAIN+ Ethics, which focuses on the nexus between artificial intelligence and defense. He is also an Associate Fellow at the Clingendael Institute and a senior research consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). He has been working in Afghanistan since 2005, predominantly on drug policy and the broader nexus between security and development. In 2021, he published his Dutch language book 'Je wordt bedankt, Bin Laden, ' on 20 years of the Netherlands in Afghanistan.
Francesca Manenti
Francesca Manenti is Senior Analyst at Ce.S.I. - Centro Studi Internazionali in Rome with a special focus on Asian and Pacific affairs and is in that regard frequently interviewed as expert commentator on national TV and Radio programs, both public and private. In parallel, Ms. Manenti teaches at the Carabinieri Officer School, at the Centre for Specialised Training of the Italian Financial Police and at the Course for Analysts organized by Ce.S.I. Fancesca Manenti studied International and European Politics as well as Economic Security, Geopolitics and Intelligence Cattolica University of Milan and at SIOI (Italian Society for International Relations) in Rome.