Socially, culturally, geographically, politically or militarily, Afghanistan has had an extremely complex history that has proven difficult for any external actor to fully comprehend. For his part, Ambassador Ali Ahmad Jalali argues that the history of his country is largely a military history, outlining four major turning points that have led to the foundation of the modern Afghan state: the Anglo-Afghan wars, the Soviet invasion, the civil war and the rise of the Taliban, and the subsequent US war on terror.
To what extent can we explain the current situation in Afghanistan as a reflection or consequence of its past? How is the internal political, socio-economic, cultural and military situation in Afghanistan evolving? Is the current situation in continuity with historical wars pursued by both state and non-state actors in Afghanistan against different domestic and foreign enemies? And finally, can a viable future be built for Afghanistan?
If you want to discuss these questions and hear a unique standpoint on the topic, join us on Monday 22 May at the Press Club, where we will have the pleasure of welcoming Ambassador Ali Ahmad Jalali who will introduce us to the real Afghanistan, beyond the vision given to us by the media.
SAAB and YPFP have joined forces once again to bring you an expert panel of speakers to discuss misinformation/disinformation and hybrid warfare. Opinions differ on what exactly constitutes a 'hybrid threat', but the concept of 'misinformation' has recently become a critical issue on the global political agenda, particularly in Europe. We can all think of examples of misinformation being used - in reality or allegedly - to influence the outcomes of national elections or referendums. Misinformation is therefore not just about facts being distorted, but can have a real impact on political stability. The hyperconnected world we live in brings new threats and new challenges - and this event will attempt to provide answers.
Are you curious to know more about the various actors behind misinformation campaigns? Or how “information warfare” takes place?
Then join us on Tuesday 23rd of May to discuss these issues, as well as to delve into case studies of misinformation influencing various aspects of our lives. Free alcoholic beverages will be available after the event.
WHAT: YPFP May Social
WHEN: Tuesday, May 30th, 19:00-22:30
WHERE: The Funky Monkey, Rue Archimède 65, 1000 Brussels
WHO: YPFP members and Friends
As we move one step closer towards the summer, come celebrate what hopes to be a continuation of the good weather at our end of May social! Swap stories, share plans and exchange views on recent foreign policy issues - from elections in France, the UK and Iran to the latest developments in the US administration. New to Brussels and want to know more about YPFP? You can hear all about the range of events and activities coming up and mix with members, staff and friends.
We've reserved an area in the Funky Monkey, located at the heart of the EU quarter, which also has a great terrace to (hopefully!) enjoy some sunshine. Bring your friends, make new ones and enjoy the evening - no registration is needed, you can simply show up. Non-members and friends are also very welcome to come and meet YPFP Brussels staff and learn more about the benefits of becoming a member.