Trilateral Summer School on Regional Integration

2nd Trilateral Summer School on Regional Integration



The International Conference on Afghanistan held in Bonn in December 2011 put the further process of the “handing-over into responsibility“ in concrete terms. According to the Federal German government, the transition process, the long-term commitment and the political process have determined the character of the conference. Regarding point three of the agenda, regional integration plays a major role for the further stabilization of the region. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung highlighted this topic already in June 2011 with the implementation of a project for 36 young professionals from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Germany named “Trilateral Summer School on Security, Stability and Trade”. The aim of the Trilateral Summer School was to strengthen foreign, security, economic-political and socio-political cooperation mechanisms and make recommendations for the foreseeable future of the region. As a result of the week long summer school a strong network was established between young decision and opinion makers of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Germany. The success of the first Trilateral Summer School has paved the way to further strengthen regional integration by way of developing concrete and tangible policy recommendations and presenting them to the policy makers of the respective countries.


An existing and intensive dialogue between young decision and opinion makers as well as representatives of the civil society, established through a project of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in 2011 in Islamabad, Pakistan, continues and will be strengthened. Policy recommendations made by the representative groups of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Germany during the Trilateral Summer School are to be disseminated through the deans, parliamentarians, civil servants and media. A publication of the policy recommendations by all respective groups will be published for larger dissemination in all three countries.


Based on the lessons learnt from the first Trilateral Summer School the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has devised an innovative strategy to ensure advocacy on the policy recommendations made therefore, 36 participants (around 12 from each country), coming from various sectors like politics, media, academia and economy will meet from 02 June to 09 June, 2012 in Berlin and Wendgräben in order to intensify the dialogue and to carry out policy recommendations. The Summer School will be headed by three Deans (one from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Germany). It is planned that lectures will be delivered by highly renowned experts and policy practitioners including former ambassadors, top government officials, renowned academics and representatives from the civil society. In total, six speakers will share their expertise with the participants of the Trilateral Summer School in numerous sessions. After the lectures the participants will split up in three working groups in order to carry out policy recommendations which will contribute to an intensified discussion on regional integration. One group will work on a policy recommendation for the German government, one group on a policy recommendation for the Afghan government and one group on a policy recommendation for the Pakistani government. The respective deans will chair the working groups and give support for the final findings. The deans and elected representatives of the groups will present the policy recommendations in the respective countries.

In order to guarantee the quality of the working results as well as having a reliable logistic a preparation seminar will be held for participants from Afghanistan and Pakistan in Islamabad on June 01 and 02, 2012. The participants from Afghanistan, therefore, will travel from Kabul to Islamabad on May 31, 2012. Together the group will depart for Germany on June 03, 2012 via Dubai.


Thursday, 31 MayArrival of Afghan Participants to Islamabad

Friday, June 01Preparation Seminar Part one

Saturday, June 02Preparation Seminar Part two

Sunday, June 03ISL-DXB-DUS-BER, Arrival in Berlin and transfer to Wendgräben, check-in and dinner


08.00-09.00 hrsBreakfast

09.00-09.30 hrsOfficial Welcome and Kick-off by the Deans and the organizers

09.30-10.00 hrsRound of Introductions (Who I am and what I do)

10.00-11.00 hrsPakistan’s Challenges and Prospects – a German Perspective

Lecturer: Ambassador (r) Dr. Gunter Mulack, confirmed.

11.00-12.00 hrsQuestion & Answer and Comment Session

12.30-14.00 hrsLunch

14.00-15.00 hrsAfghanistan’s Challenges and Prospects – a German Perspective

Lecturer: Ambassador (r) Dr. Rainald Steck, confirmed.

15.00-16.00 hrsQuestion & Answer and Comment Session

16.00-16.30 hrsTea Break

16.30-17.30 hrsInteractive Session: Speakers/Scholars moderated by the deans

17.30-18.30 hrsQuestion & Answer and Comment Session

18.30-20.00 hrsDinner & Debate


08.00-09.00 hrsBreakfast

09.00-09.30 hrsWelcome by the deans

09.30-10.30 hrsExplaining Regional Integration

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Eberhard Sandschneider, tbc.

10.00-11.00 hrsQuestion & Answer and Comment Session

11.00-12.00 hrsIntegration in Asia: Challenges and prospects of ASEAN and SAARC

Lecturer: Dr. habil. Christian Wagner, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, tbc.

12.00-13.00 hrsQuestion & Answer and Comment Session

13.00-14.30 hrsLunch

14.30-15.30 hrsRegional Integration in Europe – Current Prospects and Challenges

Lecturer: Dr. Céline Caro, Coordinator European Affairs, KAS, confirmed.

15.30-16.30 hrsQuestion & Answer and Comment Session

16.30-17.00 hrsTea Break

17.00-1800 hrsInteractive Session: Speakers/Scholars moderated by the deans

18.30-20.00 hrsDinner & Debate

Wednesday, June 06Day 03, “WORKING GROUPS”

08.00-0900 hrsBreakfast

09.00-10.00 hrsAfghanistan and Pakistan – Neighbours or Friends?

Lecturer: Dr. Ambassador (r) Karl Fischer, tbc.

10.00-11.00 hrsQuestion & Answer and Comment Session

11.00-11.30 hrsBriefing on “Policy recommendations” and Splitting-up in 3 working groups (AFG/PAK/GER)

11.30-12.30 hrsDefining Afghanistan’s national interests, Pakistan’s national interests, Germany’s national interests, moderated by the deans

12.30-14.00 hrsLunch

14.00-18.30 hrsWorking Group Discussion and Mapping-out of recommendations

18.30-20.00 hrsDinner & Debate

Thursday, June 07, 2012 Day 04, “WORKING GROUPS”

08.00-09.00 hrsBreakfast

09.00-12.30 hrsFinalizing the Policy Recommendations

12.30-13.30 hrsLunch

13.30-15.00 hrsPresentation of the working group results

15.00-16.00 hrsCheck-out and lift to Berlin

18.00 hrsArrival and check-in

19.30-20.00 hrsOfficial Closing Ceremony moderated by the deans

20.00-20.10 hrsVote of Thanks by the organizers

20.10-22.30 hrsDinner Reception with VIPs (AA, BMZ, BmVg, Bundestag) at the Landesvertretung Baden-Württemberg, tbc.

Friday, 8 JuneDay 05 “POLITICAL MEETINGS”

08.00-09.00 hrsBreakfast

09.30-10.30 hrsForeign Office, Meeting the Special Representative for Afghanistan/Pakistan

11.00-12.00 hrsMeeting with the German President, tbc.

12.30-14.00 hrsWorking Lunch at the German Parliament, Reichstag Cupola

14.00-1500 hrsPolitical Tour through the German Parliament

15.30-16.30 hrsFederal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, tbc.

Free evening

Saturday, 9 JuneDay 06 “Socio-Political/Cultural Day”

10.00-11.00 hrsBreakfast

11.00-14.00 hrsCity Tour

14.00-18.00 hrsFree afternoon

18.30–21.00 hrsFarewell Dinner at the Restaurant “Am Neuen See”

Sunday, 10 JuneDeparture BER-DUS and then to Kabul or Islamabad via Dubai

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Bildungszentrum Schloss Wendgräben
Wendgräbener Chaussee 1,
39279 Wendgräben



Botschafter Dr. Gunter Mulack, Botschafter Dr. Rainald Steck, Botschafter Dr. Karl Fischer, Dr. Céline Caro, Senator Hamed Gailani, Dr. Ross Masood Husain, Mario Sander von Torklus, Dr. Babak Khalatbari, Tinko Weibezahl.


Trilateral Summer School on Regional Integration
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Dr. Babak Khalatbari

Head of the KAS office in Pakistan


Tinko Weibezahl

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Leiter des Programms Sicherheitspolitischer Dialog Subsahara-Afrika

Tinko.Weibezahl@kas.de +225 22481802

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