UNU-EHS to co-host seminar on Afghanistan and regional security, Bonn, on 2 November

  • 2016•10•24     Bonn

    UNU-EHS, the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) have confirmed the latest event in their joint seminar series on Risk and Uncertainty for Sustainable Development.

    On Wednesday 2 November 2016, Dr. Kristian Berg Harpviken, Director, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) will present her book (co-authored with Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh) “A Rock Between Hard Places: Afghanistan as an Arena of Regional Insecurity”. The work seeks to challenge the conventional analysis which places Afghanistan at the centre — the so-called ‘heart’ — of a large pan-Asian region whose fate is predicated on Afghan stability. The work also assesses recent changes in the involvement of the global powers, with US influence seemingly waning, Chinese interest on the rise, and considerable uncertainty over Russia’s future engagement. How does all of this manifest itself in Afghanistan, where the internal struggle between the Taliban and an increasingly fragile government alliance continues to intensify?

    The seminar will be chaired by Prof. Dr. Eva Youkhana, Director ZEFa and Dr. Katja Mielke, researcher at BICC, will also be discussing the theme. It will take place at 17:30—19:00 hrs at ZEF, Walter-Flex-Straße 3, 53113 Bonn (ground floor right conference room). Please register at pr@bicc.de

    We are looking forward to seeing you at ZEF on 2 November.For more information please contact Susanne Heinke, Head of Public Relations, BICC, phone: +49 (0)228/911 96-44 / -0, e-mail: pr@bicc.de

    Background information on the “Risk and Uncertainty for Sustainable Development” series: In this seminar series we address opportunities, risks and uncertainties for development. Uncertainty, i.e. the unknown unknowns, is a particular challenge. Risk and uncertainty have become a focal topic among development researchers, policy makers and practitioners as worldwide, economy and ecology have been assailed by a series of global crises: financial crisis, high and volatile food and oil price, and/or climate change. These crises present threats to development and to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The understanding, mitigating and controlling of risk and uncertainty is far from being understood. The seminar series provides a forum for agenda setting and discussion on related themes with leading experts in this field of research and policy.