Topic: Peace & Security Policies

Peace & Security Policies

We want to let go of nourishing well-known historically established narratives about the relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan by deconstructing ‘regional tales’ and open new windows bt re-imagining past, present and future differently. We therefore invite writers from Afghanistan and Pakistan to contribute with texts that are imaginative and reflect and develop own ideas how new forms of relationships could look like in the future. We are looking for short stories, essays, commentaries or poetry.

Encouraging to bridge stalled parameters of perception between the relations of Afghanistan and Pakistan by focusing on shared benefits and mutual interests, we are looking for web dossier articles in the form of political analyses, expert opinion pieces and short policy papers on topics of regional cooperation and trust building. Specifically, we are interested in the issues of equitable management of natural resources, renewable energies and transboundary waters.

‘Only art is capable of dismantling the repressive effects of a senile social system that continues to totter along the death line: to dismantle in order to build a social organism as a work of art.’ (Joseph Beuys )
Under the umbrella of the Regional Green Dialogs project and in collaboration with Vasl Artists’ Collective, from April 6th to May 12th, 2017 an arts residency with five artists from Afghanistan and Pakistan is taking place in Karachi. For six weeks, the participants explore the concept of Social Sculpture that evolved from the broad understanding of art of the German artist Joseph Beuys who said ‘Every Human Being can be an Artist’. Professor Shelley Sacks, Director of the Social Sculpture Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University, UK is mentoring the residency. The artists’ works were installed on public places in Karachi and involved the general public.

Within the framework of the project “Regional Civil Society Engagement in Green Dialogs. Promoting Peace and Stability through Equitable Resource Management”, the offices of Heinrich Böll Stiftung in Pakistan and Afghanistan successfully conducted a Vision Workshop for a seed group of the Regional Green Dialogs Network. The workshop aimed at increasing mutual understanding and developing a joint vision and a plan for future action. Intellectuals, experts and activits from both countries (Pakistan and Afghanistan) participated in the event and reflected on how to promote peace and stability in the region through equitable natural resource management, especially looking into water and energy.

Since its formation in 2014 the National Unity Government of Afghanistan has in different occasions, expressed its commitment to share the benefits of Afghanistan’s geographic centrality through regional cooperation - particularly economic integration - with its neighbors and countries beyond the immediate neighborhood.

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Water quantity and quality are deteriorating and the struggle among all common water users is likely to intensify. This may become even more visible in river basins that cross political boundaries of different countries. Dr. Aneel Salman highlights in this paper the significance of shifting from techno-centric water governance models towards inclusive and sustainable hydro-diplomacy. The paper briefly looks at various transboundary cases of successful, unsuccessful and potential hydro-diplomacy cases to understand the various dimensions of shared water governance for South Asia, Africa and Europe.

Heinrich Boll Stiftung organized two book launch events of Saima Jasam’s ‘Pakistan: From Radicalism to Terrorism’ in Lahore and Islamabad.

The relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan remains fragile. Our project “Regional Civil Society Engagement in Green Dialogs” seeks to shift the discussion from its primer focus on security aspects towards shared interests by managing natural resources equitably.

Roundtable dialogue as part of a series “Governance, Community and Religion (GOCORE)” jointly organized by Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) and Heinrich Bӧll Stiftung (HBS) took place at HBS office Islamabad on 15th of September 2014. Many intellectuals, scholars, rights based activists, academics and students participated in the event.

Roundtable dialogue as part of a series “Governance, Community and Religion (GOCORE)” jointly organized by Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) and Heinrich Bӧll Stiftung (HBS) took place at HBS office Islamabad on 6th of June 2014. Many intellectuals, scholars, rights based activists, academics and students participated in the event.

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A decade of UPA-Congress rule in India ends with limited progress on the Indo-Pak relations.The fact that outgoing Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, despite his good intentions, could not visit the country of his birth even once sums up the structural constraints of this troubled relationship.

Peace & Security Policies

Traditional foreign and security policies over the last decades have been subject to rapid changes and have been replaced by risk prevention, crisis intervention, and preemptive policy measures. Increasingly questions of foreign, security, and developmental policy also have become intertwined with issues of progressive climate change, growing poverty, dwindling resources and the loss of bio-diversity. And, as national interests tend to reign supreme, so far little is done to curtail these developments.

We therefore support civil society structures campaigning for a changed political framework that is able to bring about pro-active peace policies through environmental justice, and social change. We support grassroots activism associated with local and regional peace processes, the representation of women in peace processes, a pluralistic national and regional dialog and cultural understanding.