Senghaas Lecture on Failed Afghan Peace Process

The failed Afghan peace process is the focus of the sixth Senghaas Lecture of the University of Bremen. Professor Hans-Joachim Gießmann from Bremen will visit the House of Science at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29, and hold a talk entitled “Kriege beenden, aber wie?” (Ending Wars - But How?)

The NATO states tried for many years to end the Western military operations in Afghanistan and bring about a peaceful reconciliation between the Kabul government and the oppositional Taliban. How the involved parties shaped the Afghan peace process and how mediation took place between the conflicting positions are core aspects of the talk held by Hans-Joachim Gießmann. As a representative of the Berghof Foundation (Berlin), Gießmann even took part in some of the mediation attempts in Doha (Qatar) and was able to gain a good insight into the dynamics of peace negotiations. Why these negotiations failed in the end is something that needs to be just as critically analyzed as the matter of how we should deal with those in power in Afghanistan now that the NATO has retreated and the Taliban has returned.

About the Senghaas Lecture

Since 2015, the Institute of Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS) at the University of Bremen has hosted the annual Dieter Senghaas Lecture. With the lecture series, the institute honors its co-founder Professor Dieter Senghaas, who is one of the most internationally well-known peace and conflict researchers.

About Hans-Joachim Gießmann

Professor Hans-Joachim Gießmann is Director Emeritus at the Berghof Foundation (2008 to 2019) and a Senior advisor in the Afghanistan and Central/South Asia Unit. Prior to this, he was Deputy Director of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at Universität Hamburg for many years.

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Further Information:



Dr. Roy Karadag
Institute of Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS)
CRC 1342 “Global Dynamics of Social Policy”
University of Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-67468
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Portrait of an old man
Hans-Joachim Gießmann from the Berghof Foundation (Berlin)