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  • Position : Program Director, Emerging Technologies and Global Security Program
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Position : Consultant
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Position : Acting Head of Afghanistan Section, Second Asia Department
  • Affiliation : Russian Foreign Ministry
  • Position : Head of the Peace and Conflict Studies Unit
  • Affiliation : Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Affiliation : Associate Professor, Department of World Politics, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
  • Position : Head of the Operations Section (Afghanistan), Operations Divisions
  • Affiliation : NATO HQ
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Afghanistan and Security in the Post-Soviet Space

01.08.2013

safranchukMOSCOW, AUGUST 1, 2013. PIR PRESS – “Today the Afghan society exists with a great uncertainty towards its own future. One period of Afghanistan history ends today and there is no clarity how the country will move on and who will become a new ‘global sponsor’ of Kabul”, – Deputy Director of the Institute of Current International Problems of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. 

During the era of electronic means of communication development non-state actor’s possibilities for conducting terrorist activity underwent quality changes. Nowadays we witness a worldwide growth of drug trafficking from problematic regions of Latin America, Central and South East Asia. The world community also wonders what will follow the 2014 pullout of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from Afghanistan, the country which today is one of the main centers of international terrorism and drug traffic distribution. What will be the further political and economic development of this country? 

7035On July 5, 2013 the participants of the PIR Center International Summer School on Global Security were addressed by Head of the Peace and Conflict Studies Unit of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences Ekaterina Stepanova. The expert delivered a course of lectures on current trends in the field of terrorism and on the influence of the threats of drug trafficking on Eurasian security.

The same day listeners of the Summer School took part in two round tables on assessment of the situation in Afghanistan and consequences of the ISAF troops pullout for regional security. Ivan Safranchuk, Deputy Director of the Institute of Current International Problems of the Diplomatic Academy, Nicolas Williams, Head of Operations Section (Afghanistan) of the Operations Divisions of the NATO HQ, and Albert Khorev,  the Acting Head of Afghanistan Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, spoke at the round tables. PIR Center Senior Research Fellow Vadim Kozyulin acted as a moderator. The difference between expert approaches to assessment of the situation in Afghanistan was fully shown in this discussion; however speakers agreed with idea that it is impossible to describe the political situation in this country as stable, and that the drug trafficking and extremist movements financed with the revenues from trafficking are the main threats to the international security coming from the region.

tableAt the same time, the future of Afghanistan after 2014 conceals in itself much more questions, than answers. So, addressing on a round table. Ivan Safranchuk expressed his opinion on the future of Afghanistan as follows: "Today the Afghan society exists with a great uncertainty towards its own future. One period of Afghanistan history ends today and there is no clarity how the country will move on and who will become a new ‘global sponsor’ of Kabul".   

The following day the participants of the Summer School took part in a seminar on the problems of international relations in the Post-Soviet Space. Listeners made reports and presentations trying to forecast the development of the situation in Afghanistan and the interests of the Central Asian countries, cooperation on the Afghan drug threat counteraction, problems of labor migration from regional states and other questions. Albert Zulkharneev, PIR Center Executive Director, and Vadim Kozyulin, PIR Center Senior Research Fellow, commented on the participants performances at the seminar.

For all information concerning PIR Center’s educational programs and the Summer School please contact PIR Center Education Program Coordinator Alexander Chekov, tel. +7 (495) 987 19 15, fax +7 (495) 987 19 14, e-mail edu at pircenter.org.

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