Expert conference

Afghanistan: Lessons Learnt and the Road ahead

Experts from Afghanistan, Japan, Germany and NATO on the current situation in Afghanistan as well as on the chances and challenges for future cooperation.


In June 2014, Afghans headed to the polls to choose their next president. The election results were disputed, however, why the candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah agreed to conduct a large vote audit before the winner were to be announced. "No matter who wins, we commit ourselves to working together for the sake of Afghanistan," Abdullah promised. "We are putting the past behind us. We are looking into the future," seconded Ghani. In September, both parties finally reached a power-sharing deal. On Sunday (21.09.2014), the Independent Election Commission declared Ashraf Ghani as the president, and thus announced the end of election process. Ghani and Abdullah signed the agreement at a televised ceremony inside the presidential palace in the capital, Kabul. The US, Japan, Germany and many other countries have supported the stability of Afghanistan for over a decade. Next to the US, Japan and Germany have been the biggest donor countries. The conference in Tokyo will analyze the current situation in Afghanistan. Experts from Afghanistan, Japan, Germany and NATO will illustrate the chances and challenges for future cooperation.

Venue:Hotel New Otani, Garden Court Banquet Floor, Room „Aries“

4-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.

TEL. 03-3265-1111

Language:Japanese – English (simultaneous interpretation)

Application:Please apply with your full name, affiliation and contact information by

19 September to the KAS Japan Office via E-Mail ( or Fax (03-6426-5047). Registrations will be handled on a first come, first served basis.



Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. Friederike Bosse, Secretary General, Japanese-German Center Berlin

Mr. Futoshi Matsumoto, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for International Policy



Keynote-Speech: “Afghanistan 2014: Present situation, future chances and challenges?”

Prof. Ahmad Fahim Hakim, Freelance Consultant, former Deputy Chair to the

Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, Afghanistan


“Endangered Our Efforts in Afghanistan : What Can We Do for Now ?”

Mr. Masataka Nakahara, Visiting Senior Advisor on Afghanistan, former Director

General of South Asia Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)


“What has been achieved from a German perspective?”

Dr. Markus Kaim, Head of Research Division, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)


Podium discussion: “Lessons learnt and how to move ahead?”


Prof. Ahmad Fahim Hakim

Mr. Koichiro Tanaka, Managing Director of the Institute of Energy Economics,

Japan, President of JIME Center, former Political Affairs Officer, United Nation

Special Mission to Afghanistan

Dr. Markus Kaim

Mr. Nicholas Williams, Head of Operation Section Afghanistan, NATO HQ, Brussels


Mr. Nils Wörmer, Resident Representative Afghanistan, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung


Questions & Answers (open to floor)


Closing Remarks

Mr. Paul Linnarz, Resident Representative for Japan, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung


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