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EU-Afghanistan Conference

Application Deadline: 30 April 2014

News vom 26.03.2014

Negotiations on the

European Union-Afghanistan

Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development

Berlin, 25 - 26 September 2014


At the NATO-Summit in Chicago in May 2012, Heads of State of the nations contributing to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan set the deadline for complete withdrawal of all NATO-troops: 31 December 2014. The European Union and its Member States, as well as other nations, has signalled to remain “one of Afghanistan’s most important international partners up to 2014 and beyond”. As basis for the new partnership, negotiations on an EU-Afghanistan Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development (CAPD) have commenced in Kabul already in March 2012. The CAPD is supposed to include all sectors of mutual interest to Afghanistan and the EU, most notably security and education Yet, what the new partnership will actually consist of remains unclear.

We invite you to represent one of the Member States of the European Union, the European Commission or the High Representative listed below to pursue the negotiations on the CAPD. In the conference, young Diplomats from Afghanistan will participate representing Afghanistan or a EU Member State. Based on the expertise of the Afghan participants, we envision this conference to be much more than "just" a simulation.

Students from all faculties may apply for participation. For your preparation, we will provide for a comprehensive Background Guide with information on Afghanistan and the European Union as well as negotiation techniques and the Rules of Procedure. There will be mandatory preparatory meetings in May/June (to be announced) and on 5 September 2014,  where the Delegations will meet and participants are introduced to the topic.  Participants are asked to prepare Position Papers concerning their Delegations’ positions in the conference. Please note that conference language will be English.

It will be possible to get credits (10 ECTS-credits, participants will need to prepare a 12-15 page essay next to the participation in the conference) for the seminar (Schlüsselqualifikations-schein, Fachbereich Rechtswissenschaft). Conference Fee: € 18,- (for preparation and conference material, catering during the conference).

Members of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom; as well as the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission.

Applications are to be sent until 30 April to Peggy Wittke (via email only).

Your application should include:

  • ·         Personal Details (Short CV, Name, Address, Phone, Email)
  • ·         Field of studies and number of semesters
  • ·         3 preferences (EU-Members, EC or High Representative)
  • ·         Short letter of motivation



For further information please refer to our Website www.fu-berlin.de/mun or contact:


Peggy Wittke
Lehrstuhl Univ.-Prof. Dr. Philip Kunig
Freie Universität Berlin
Boltzmannstr. 3, 14195 Berlin
Tel.:  (030) 838 547 05

EU-Afghanistan - Beyond 2014


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