The long road to peace in Afghanistan


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It is our great pleasure to invite you to our evening debate co-organised by the Ban Ki-moon Centre, the Vienna School of International Studies, and Women in International Security Austria on

A long Road to Peace – Realities, Hopes, and Visions from Afghanistan

with an introduction by H. E. Ambassador of Afghanistan Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel.


This debate will feature introductory remarks to the political situation in Afghanistan by
H. E. Ambassador of Afghanistan Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel followed by a discussion with Afghan experts and peace activists examining the security situation in Afghanistan. The debate will be moderated by Dr. Ebrahim Afsah, Department of Islamic-Theological Studies of the University of Vienna.



Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 7 pm at

Festsaal, Vienna School of International Studies, Favoritenstr. 15a, Vienna


Just a few weeks ago, Afghanistan was hoping to find a peace deal, with negotiations intensifying but then surprisingly cancelled in September 2019.

Under previous Taliban rule freedom of speech and women’s rights were severely curtailed, making them core issue which should have been discussed during the cease-fire negotiations.

Amid renewed attacks by the Taliban the Afghan public finds itself in a moment of rapid development with considerable uncertainty but also rare opportunities. The discussion will explore these opportunities, looking for pathways to sustainable peace and asking about the challenges along the way.

With its Women’s Empowerment Program, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens is bringing young Afghan experts and peace activists to the event, who will, inter alia, shine a light on the dynamics between grassroot and political efforts of holistically installing peace in their country.

The BKMC Women’s Empowerment Program is a two-weeks full-time fellowship training held at the Diplomatic Academy, Vienna, for 20 outstanding young female leaders from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Mongolia and South Korea, eager to deepen their skills with regards to sustainable development and women’s empowerment. The event will form an essential part of the Program’s course curriculum. Simultaneously, the audience will gain valuable insights from the Afghan Fellows, who will share their local and personal experience on leading their country to peace.

We look forward to welcoming you at the Diplomatic Academy soon! Kindly RSVP for the event under:  Register here!





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