IIEA Membership Details

Prices and Gift Cards

Sign Up to the IIEA Monthly Newsletter

Sitemap Find what you need quickly

Close

Afghanistan Now, Until 2014 and Beyond

Podcast Transcript Powerpoint

No comments

Post comment

 

Post a Comment

Name
Message
If you register as a user, you will be able to post comments without this CAPTCHA.
Type text into the box
 
Please keep your comments on the topic of the content, and avoid including links to external sites that are off-topic. Comments are moderated; those that are offensive, contain spam or are off-topic will not be published. There may be a delay between comments being submitted and comments being posted due to the moderation process, but we will keep this delay to a minimum. Such a delay does not automatically mean we have ignored or rejected your comment. Our aim is to build a community with online users who are informed and engage in healthy discussion. The IIEA does not accept any responsibility for any statement posted by a member on www.iiea.com. View the full comment guidelines and conditions here.

About this Event

27 Feb 2012 @ 12:45

Podcast:
Download the keynote and Q&A audio podcast here.

Questions and Answers:
View the Q&A here.

About the Speaker:

Former Foreign Minister of Lithuania, Vygaudas Ušackas, was named the European Union Special Representative and Head of the European Union Delegation in March 2010. He previously had a distinguished career in the Lithuanian foreign service and served as the Ambassador of Lithuania to the United Kingdom and to the United States of America. He was Chief Negotiator for Lithuania’s Accession to the European Union.

About the Speech: 

In his address, Ambassador Ušackas evoked the major challenges that remain in Afghanistan after ten years of international intervention, but expressed optimism that a permanent transformation can be achieved if led by the Afghan government with support from the international community.

The security situation in Afghanistan remains volatile as international allies prepare to hand over full control to national security forces by the end of 2014, and widespread poverty and illiteracy persist. Ambassador Ušackas also highlighted the challenge for Afghanistan of being surrounded by neighbours with highly competitive national agendas, and emphasised that “real progress in Afghanistan can only be achieved with Pakistan on board.”

According to Ambassador Ušackas, the goal of the EU is “to support Afghanistan in its transformation to a sovereign and self-reliant country, with a government that respects human and universal rights and freedoms and that seeks to live in peace with itself and its neighbours.” The EU is focused on police reform through its EUPOL mission, electoral reform, public administration reform and on supporting both the peace process and regional cooperation.

While highlighting the EU’s commitment to Afghanistan for the long haul as regards development aid, political cooperation and capacity-building, Ambassador Ušackas sent a very clear message that only a process led by the Afghan government, with the involvement of civil society leaders, grassroots activists in the provinces and the support of regional states, can lead to a sustainable settlement.

Questions & Answers:

 

Theme: Foreign Policy and ESDP 

Views: 3615

Video URL:
Embed Code:

Other Related

Associated Documents

  • No associated documents

Associated Publications

Enhancing Cooperation – German Attitudes Towards European Security and Defence Policy

This discussion paper by the Institute’s Germany Group provides a snapshot of German views on developments in European Security and Defence Policy.

Finding Our Bearings: European Security Challenges in the Era of Trump and Brexit

This paper attempts to discern the direction of international security policy in 2017 and to set out the challenges for European security, and their implications for Ireland.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: European Security - Autumn 2015

Over the past three months, the EU has seen several significant developments in the broad field of European security. In this paper, Patrick Keatinge reflects on the developments in the Ukraine crisis and the Arab winter, and examines the European Union’s response to both of these situations.

IIEA Annual Report 2014

Germany’s Place in the World – August 2014

Pádraig Murphy traces the evolution of German Foreign Policy from the foundation of the Federal Republic to the current crisis in Ukraine.

Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2012

Annual Report 2012

European Security in the 21st Century: The EU’s Comprehensive Approach

This paper offers an in-depth examination of the EU’s comprehensive approach to crisis management. The author makes an initial analysis of its institutionalisation and implementation and assesses its significance for Ireland.

European Security in the 21st Century

This paper offers a broad outline of recent developments in security and defence policy in Europe, analysing the conceptual debate, the multilateral architecture and the contribution of Ireland to CSDP.

Annual Report 2011

Annual Report 2011

European Security and Defence Policy and the Lisbon Treaty

European Security and Defence Forces and The Lisbon Treaty describes the reality of ESDP over the past 6 years and looks at the changes the Lisbon Treaty would make.

Making Sense of European Security Policy: Ireland and the Lisbon Treaty