High level experts meeting on Afghanistan upcoming in Dubai
An international experts’ meeting to take place in Dubai, the largest city of the United Arab Emirates («Al Bustan Center & Residence Deluxe Apartment» hotel) on November 8-9, 2011: “Afghanistan in 2001-2011: towards sustainable state and society”.
This event has been organized by: “Ariana” Afghan center (Almaty, Kazakhstan), “Politkontakt” Center for political technologies (Moscow, Russia), the Afghanistan and regional studies center (Dushanbe, Tajikistan).
The organizers have focused on engaging the experts only while minimizing the involvement of the current Afghanistan’s politicians. Geographical coverage is broad enough to bring in experts from UK, Germany, Netherlands, India, Iran, China, Pakistan, Russia, US, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.
Delegation from Kabul includes professor Suleiman Laeq, Waheddulla Sabawoon (minister-adviser to the president of Afghanistan for tribal affairs), professor Rafiullah Nizai (deputy director of the Afghanistan center for regional studies), along with researchers from the Afghanistan’s Academy of science and representatives of the Ministry of foreign affairs.
The worldwide Afghan community will be represented by Ahmadullah Vastok, the chairman of the “Ariana” Afghan center (Almaty, Kazakhstan) which serves as the principal organizer of the event, Aziz Arianfar, director of the German center for the modern Afghanistan studies, Davood Moradian (Great Britain), former director of the Center for strategic research under the Ministry of foreign affairs of Afghanistan, Mohammad Hakim Sarwari (Holland), former commander of the “South” zone, formerly the mayor of Kabul and deputy chair of the Council of Ministers of the republic of Afghanistan, Omar Nessar (Russia), director of the modern Afghanistan studies center, “Afghanistan.ru” online portal’s editor-in-chief.
Other international participants of the meeting include: professor Zhang Li, director of the South Asia studies center at the Sichuan University of China, resigned lieutenant-general Asad Durrani, formerly the director-general of the Pakistan’s Inter-Services intelligence (1990-1992), professor Bahrаm Amir Ahmadiyan from the Tehran University, expert of the center for Russian, Central-Asian and Caucasus studies center.
The meeting organizers also expect participation of representatives from the John Hopkins university’s Institute of the Central Asia and Caucasus, led by Frederick Starr, the major ideologist of the transcontinental “New Silk Road” project promoted by the US government.
Russia is going be represented by Afghan studies experts, including Vladimir Boiko, Georgiy Ezhov, Alexander Knyazev, Viktor Korgun, Oleg Kulakov, Yuriy laletin, Vladimir Plastun.
Tajikistan is represented by Kasimsho Iskandarow, doctor of history, head of the history and regional conflict studies center in the Rudaki institute of language, literature, oriental studies and written heritage.
Other invited guests include representatives of Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan embassies in UAE, other members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Dubai (Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Russia, USA, France, etc.).
The purpose of this international experts meeting is to take an inventory and review the most important outcomes of the very special XXI century’s first decade both for Afghanistan and the rest of the world, equally as a period of missed and fulfilled opportunities, as well as to identify the prospects for development of Afghanistan as a nation and a society.
The new century’s second decade draws a line under the hundred years of independence, a historically short but an extremely busy period that has served both as a kind of a springboard for a leap into the future, as well as a source of multiple problems for Afghanistan itself, not to mention its neighbors and other countries of the world.
This international experts’ meeting shall focus upon the primarily positive trends and the potential to be gained by Afghanistan and its partners throughout the first two decades of the XXI century, the time for development of new statehood patterns and interactions between nations worldwide, in the context of globalization and new types of conflicts of economic, political and cultural and civilizational nature.