Parliamentary meeting at the Bundestag
On March 15, the Academy for International Politics of North Rhine-Westphalia (AIA NRW) hosted a Parliamentary Encounter on “The Evacuation of the Local Forces in Afghanistan – Lessons Learnt” at the Bundestag from 12:00-13:30.
The impulse for the open discussion between invited members of the Bundestag, representatives of the Federal Foreign Office and renowned experts was given by the AIA research group, which dealt with the topic Multinational non-combatant evacuation operations (NEOs): Lessons learnt from the drawdown in Afghanistan.
The group’s goal is not only to provide an accurate analysis of events and decision making at the time, but also to develop specific recommendations for future action. In addition to the publication of four editorials, a book publication on its findings is also in the works.
Former Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the chairman of the Enquete Commission Lessons from Afghanistan for Germany’s Future Networked Engagement, Michael Müller MdB, and the chairman of the Afghanistan Investigation Committee, Dr. Ralf Stegner MdB, were available to answer questions after brief introductory remarks.
Dr. Mayssoun Zein Al Din, Executive Director, Academy of International Affairs NRW
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, former minister of defense (2019-2021)
Michael Müller MdB, chairman of the Enquete Commission Lessons from Afghanistan for Germany’s Future Networked Engagement
Dr. Ralf Stegner MdB, chairman of the Afghanistan Investigation Committee
Report of the AIA NRW research group
Tim Lannan, Head of the Euro Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre at NATO Headquarter in Brussels
Prof. Dr. Christian Leuprecht, Royal Military College of Canada
Dr. Jamie Ferrill, Charles Sturt University, Australia