Afghanistan Implementation Colloquium

Event Date: 
Friday, February 26, 2010 to Sunday, February 28, 2010
Location: 
Vienna, Austria

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs convened the “LISD Afghanistan Implementation Colloquium” in the Sauerhof in Baden bei Wien, Austria, February 25-28, 2010. This was the eleventh LISD-sponsored colloquium on Afghanistan since 2001. It was funded in part by the Republic of Austria, the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Princely House of Liechtenstein, and the Stiftung für Selbstbestimmung und Internationale Beziehungen in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. It was organized in cooperation with the Liechtenstein Institute in Vienna, Austria (LIVA).

The colloquium convened over one hundred participants including diplomats, parliamentarians, practitioners, academics, and civil society representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, India, Turkey, Canada, the EU, the UN, and the US to engage in working group discussions about issues addressed by the London Conference of January 2010 - security, the rule of law, development, governance, civil society and media, reconciliation and reintegration, parliamentary elections, and the region. The conference opened with introductions by Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, Foreign Minister of Afghanistan; Dr. Michael Spindelegger, Foreign Minister of Austria; Dr. Aurelia Frick, Foreign Minister of Liechtenstein; Ambassador Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, Secretary-General of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe; Ambassador Bernd Muetzelburg, German Special Representative for Afghanistan; and Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, United States Ambassador to Afghanistan. The colloquium was chaired by Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, Director of LISD.