Meeting in Bonn, Germany on the Future of Afghanistan

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Almost 1,000 delegates from Afghanistan, NATO, and neighboring countries met in Bonn, Germany to discuss the future of Afghanistan. The talks happened in the context of the planned withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan by 2014. The meeting had a sense of deja vu; 10 years ago, in this same city, in the same hotel, Afghan leaders met to discuss the future of Afghanistan. Back then, it was just months after the 9/11 attacks, the American-led invasion of Afghanistan, and the fall of the Taliban. 

In 2001, at Bonn I, the goal was to establish Afghanistan as a country. Prominent Afghans came together to create a transitional government, a plan for drafting a constitution, and a path towards establishing a permanent government. In 2011, at Bonn II, the goal is much the same: to ensure that a secure, democratic, non-corrupt Afghanistan can stand on its own.

For more on the conference, The Takeaway speaks to BBC correspondent David Loyn.

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The sleepy town of Bonn was the capitol of West Germany after WWII rather than Frankfurt, Munich or West Berlin to symbolize a new pacified Germany. It is ironic that the future of hostile Afghanistan is being discussed there.
OBL launched his attack from Afghanistan because he knew it was hopeless to fight there much less reform it. Instead the US focus was on Iraq which led to the Arab Spring and the dangers and opportunities it offers.

Dec. 06 2011 10:32 AM

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