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  • Position : Chairman of the Executive Board
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Position : Consultant, "Global & Regional Security: New ideas for Russia" Program
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Plenipotentiary Representative, Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to FAO and other UN Agencies
  • Position : Executive Board member, Honorary Member of the Trialogue Club International
  • Affiliation : Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences
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  • Affiliation : NATO Information Office in Moscow
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Extended Meeting of PIR Center Advisory Board - International Seminar “How should Russia and NATO cooperate on Afghanistan in 2014 and beyond?” 12.12.2013




PIR Center’s Extended Advisory Board meeting – international seminar, organized with support of the NATO Information Office in Moscow


Moscow, December 12, 2013 

Draft agenda as of December 3, 2013

11.30 – 12.00

Registration of the participants                                                                                                              

12.00 – 12.20

Opening Remarks                                                                                                                                 

  • Vladimir A.ORLOV, President, PIR Center (speech text in Russian)
  • Robert PSZCZEL, Director, NATO Information Office in Moscow

12.20 – 14.00

Panel discussion 1 – Afghanistan: Assessing Current Situation, Achievements and Prospects                       

Moderator: Vadim B. KOZYULIN, Senior Research Fellow,PIR Center

PRESENTATIONS (12.20 – 13.20)

  • Albert P. KHOREV, Acting Head of Afghanistan Section, Second Asia Department, Russian Foreign Ministry
  • Nicholas WILLIAMS, Head, Operations Section Afghanistan, Operations Division, NATO HQ
  • Hekmat Khalil KARZAI, Founding Director of the Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (CAPS)
  • Elena V. SUPONINA, Head of Asia and Middle East Center of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (speech text in Russian)

DISCUSSION (13.20 – 14.00)

14.00 – 15.00


15.00 – 16.45

Panel discussion 2 – Prospects of International Cooperation on Afghanistan and Security in the Region            

Moderator: Vyacheslav I. TRUBNIKOV, Directorate Member, Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO RAS), Member of the Advisory Board,PIR Center 

PRESENTATIONS (15.00 -16.00)

  • Kirill BARSKY, Russian President's Special Envoy to Shanghai Cooperation Organization
  • Vygaudas UŠACKAS, Head of the EU Delegation to Russia (European Union's special envoy for Afghanistan in 2010 – 2013)
  • Dmitry V. ZAPOROZHETS, Deputy Chief, First Directorate, Main Directorate of Foreign Military Cooperation, Russian Defense Ministry
  • Daniël KOOIJ, Rule of Law Advisor to the Netherlands Integrated Police Training Mission in Kunduz, First Secretary Netherlands Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, April – September 2013 (presentation)

DISCUSSION (16.00 – 16.45)

16.45 – 17.15

Coffee break                                                                                                                                        

17.15 – 18.45

Panel discussion 3 – Russia and NATO in Afghanistan: experience, potential, challenges and expectations        

Moderator: Evgeny P. BUZHINSKY, Senior Vice President, PIR Center

PRESENTATIONS (17.15 – 18.15)

  • Nicholas WILLIAMS, Head, Operations Section Afghanistan, Operations Division, NATO HQ
  • Viktor L. VASILYEV, Ambassador-at-large of the Russian Federation Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian Federation to the Collective Security Treaty Organization
  • Victor G. KORGUN, Head of the Afghanistan Sector of the RAS Institute of Oriental Studies (speech text in Russian)

DISCUSSION (18.15 – 18.45)

18.45 – 19.00

Closing Remarks                                                                                                                                   
  • Robert PSZCZEL, Director, NATO Information Office in Moscow
  • Vadim B. KOZYULIN, Senior Research Fellow, PIR Center

19.15 – 21.00