Asia Carrousel: The Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, the NATO Warsaw Summit, and Afghanistan’s Regional Future

After nearly fifteen years of international engagement in Afghanistan since 2001, Afghanistan has made progress in many fields but still has a long way to go in creating durable peace and a stable economy. The international community, including active contributions from the Dutch government, Dutch civil society, and the European Union, has invested heavily for over a decade in restoring Afghanistan’s security, governance and rule of law, and economy.

This public panel discussion explored the steps required by Afghanistan and its international partners to advance peace and prosperity in the country and the region through this year’s Brussels Conference on Afghanistan and the NATO Warsaw Summit.

Welcome remarks were delivered by Ms. Mira Woldberg, Head of the South and Southeast Asia and Oceania Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands.


  • Mr. Wahid Waissi, Director-General for Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
  • Ms. Dewi Suralaga, Policy Advisor, Women’s Leadership, Security and Justice, Cordaid
  • Lt. Col. Rob Hendriks, Research Fellow, Clingendael – The Netherlands Institute of International Relations, former ISAF Senior Subject Matter Expert Counter-Insurgency & Security Forces Assistance and Chief Afghan National Security Forces & Afghan Security Insttutes Development in ‘Commander ISAF’s Advisory & Assistance Team’ in Kabul
  • Moderator: Dr. Richard Ponzio, Head of the Global Governance Program, The Hague Institute for Global Justice

A networking reception followed from 19:00-20:00.



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