South Asia is one of the most volatile regions in the world and the regional dimension of the conflict in Afghanistan contributes to further destabilization of the region, preventing lasting peace and development. FES aims at generating national and regional policy recommendations, focusing on the transitional period and the future of a peaceful Afghanistan from the perspective of all neighbouring states.
What We Do
We provide a platform to improve bilateral relations and support multilateral cooperation through civil society dialogues.
We enablean environment for open discussion of national interest vis-à-vis the future of Afghanistan. Issues that cannot be brought to the negotiation table between governments because of political conflicts are discussed here.
We build trust and lasting networks among key stakeholders in the fragile region. Lasting communication channels are being established in the regions, which also function during conflict. The project strives to strengthen the ties of regional cooperation and to build trust between key figures in both Afghanistan and the region.
We assist Policy Groups in advising decision-makers and government representatives through policy recommendations that are designed to support a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan. The outputs of the Policy Group dialogues are available as policy papers to decision-makers, media and civil society in the region as well as to the wider international policy-making community.
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FES Afghanistan extends its warmest greetings to all our friends and partners celebrating Nowruz! As we start into a new year and mark the arrival of Spring, we wish you health, happiness and prosperity for the future. And we sincerely hope that you are enjoying a peaceful and joyful Nowruz with your families and loved ones. ... See MoreSee Less
Let us do all we can to overcome stereotypes and prejudice, speak out on human rights abuses, promote decent work and equal pay, and support women’s participation in public and political life. In Afghanistan and beyond.
New SIPRI/FES study on "Belt and Road Initiative" and EU-China cooperation along the Silk Road (incl. chapter on Afghanistan)
The Silk Road Economic Belt (the ‘Belt’) component of the Belt and Road Initiative, announced by Xi Jinping over four years ago, represents an ambitious Chinese vision to promote infrastructural development and connectivity, and stimulate economic integration across the Eurasian continent. Ostensibly an economic initiative, the Belt also has important strategic implications, and is likely to interact with local security dynamics in many of the states with which China is partnering in a significant way. This report examines the wider security dynamics related to the Belt, at a geopolitical as well as intra-state level – and provides a number of cooperation avenues for the EU and China. The report is based on a one-year desk study as well as five regional workshops conducted over the course of 2016. It consists of three parts. First, it describes what the Belt is, what has driven China to initiate it, and how it relates to China’s security interests. It then examines security implications of and security risks to the Belt in two important regions of Central and South Asia. Finally, the report assesses how the Belt fits into EU interests, and provides recommendations for EU-China cooperation, to maximize positive spillovers of the Belt and to mitigate common security concerns. This project and its final report fill a gap in the discourse on the more localized and regional political implications of the Belt,for all stakeholders. Bringing together viewpoints from experts, academics, and policymakers across Eurasia and South Asia, the report provides a comprehensive view how China’s initiative may affect the strategic landscape, and how the EU policymakers should best engage with it.
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Afghanistan added 3 new photos to the album: MoU signing ceremony March 2017: NUAWE, IG Metall, FES.
Dr. Maroof Qaderi (right), President of NUAWE, Wolfgang Lemb (center), IG Metall Executive Committee Member, and Mirco Günther (left), FES Resident Representative in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, sign strategic cooperation agreement. Photos by FES / Imamudin Hamdard ... See MoreSee Less
Frankfurt (Germany): Today, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Afghanistan and IG Metall signed a cooperation agreement with Afghanistan’s largest trade union, the National Union of Afghanistan Workers and Employees (NUAWE). “Social justice, the rule of law and decent work that allows people to make a living are key prerequisites for achieving peace and strengthening democracy. An important civil society actor in Afghanistan, NUAWE works towards those goals and this is why we support them,” said Wolfgang Lemb, Executive Committee Member at IG Metall, who hosted the signing ceremony at their headquarters on the sidelines of a one-week strategy workshop with senior NUAWE representatives from Kabul and the provinces.
The cooperation agreement provides a strategic framework and defines thematic priority areas for future cooperation. They include international conventions and national labour laws, women workers’ rights, decent work and social protection, as well as international outreach in Afghanistan’s neighbourhood and globally through the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Dr. Maroof Qaderi, President of NUAWE, emphasized that Afghanistan has witnessed considerable progress since 2001, with the support of Germany and the international community, and added that the progress NUAWE has made in its strategic reform process is a good example in this regard.
“We believe that trade unions play a critical role in working towards a more just society with decent working conditions and equal opportunities for male and female employees,” stated Mirco Günther, FES Resident Representative in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, on the occasion of the signing. “Through our FES Office in Kabul, we look forward to continue supporting NUAWE in this important endeavor.”
Alexey YusupovCOORDINATOR, PROJECT PEACE AND SECURITY
Alexey serves as Country Director of FES Afghanistan since 2015 and is leading the Peace and Security Project of the Regional Programme in Asia. Before assuming this post, he headed the Almaty office of FES Kazakhstan from 2013. Alexey holds a Magister Artium Degree in Political Sciences, Social Anthropology and History of European Arts from the University of Heidelberg and is a graduate exchange student alumni from the University of Manchester.