Asia Foundation Trustees Karl Eikenberry and Karl F. Inderfurth Participate in World Peace Forum in Beijing
Beijing, June 30, 2015 — On June 27-28, The Asia Foundation’s Trustees Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and Ambassador Karl F. Inderfurth participated in panels at the 4th World Peace Forum in Beijing. Organized and hosted by China’s Tsinghua University, the forum gathered 500 participants, including former foreign leaders and scholars to discuss key issues on international security and regional cooperation. Ambassador Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2009-2011, and Ambassador Inderfurth, Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs from 1997-2001, led a panel co-sponsored by The Asia Foundation China office and Tsinghua University on Afghanistan’s future development and stability.
The panel, International Cooperation for Afghanistan’s Future Stability and Development, explored the opportunities for international cooperation in helping Afghanistan, as well as the chief obstacles to achieving that. In 2014, Afghan citizens defied security threats and turned out in millions to vote in highly anticipated elections, leading to the country’s first democratic transition. However, continuing instability and violence have posed a threat to the country’s future development. The discussion was moderated by Ambassador Inderfurth, and other panelists included Ershad Ahmadi, former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in Afghanistan, Jayant Prasad, a former Indian ambassador to Afghanistan, Nepal and Algeria, Masood Khan, formerly Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the U.N. and ambassador to China, as well as Shi Zhiqin, head of Tsinghua University’s Institute of International Studies.
Since 2001, The Asia Foundation has been helping support Afghan citizens to create a stable, functioning society, through its programs in civic education, women’s empowerment, education, Islam and development, and free and fair elections.
The WPF, founded in 2012, is China’s first high-level non-governmental seminar focusing on international security. This year’s main topics included security cooperation among world powers, security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, European and global security cooperation, ASEAN, and South Asian regional security cooperation. China’s Vice President Li Yuanchao gave the keynote speech at the opening ceremony, titled Working Together to Build A Community of Common Destiny for World Peace and Security. Other forum participants included former president of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, former prime minister of France, Dominique de Villepin, former prime minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, among others.
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