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EUROPE FOR AFGHANISTAN: “FROM UNDERSTANDING TO SUPPORT“

Central Military Club, Sofia, Bulgaria, 26th-28th October, 2010

The Conference is organized by: The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria, Bulgarian Euro - Atlantic Youth Club and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. In co-operation with: NATO (special support), The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence, The Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the US Embassy in Sofia, the Embassy of Islamic Republic Afghanistan, the European Commission.

Introduction

EUROPE FOR AFGHANISTAN: FROM UNDERSTANDING TO SUPPORT is being held in Sofia and will consist of lectures, seminars, and panel discussions by leading figures from the fields of politics, diplomacy, academia, civil society, and the private sector. These components will be complemented by cultural and social activities.

Program Agenda

DAY 1

9:00 - 10:30 Opening

Dr. Solomon Passy; President of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria
H.E. Anyu Angelov; Minister of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria
H.E. James Warlick; US Ambassador to Bulgaria
Boyko Vassilev; Journalist, Bulgarian National Television
Mark C. Donfried; Director and Founder of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
10:30 - 12:00 NATO efforts to rebuild Afghanistan - Challenges and Concerns (panel I)
Discussion

Moderator: Boyko Vassilev

H.E. Steve Williams; British Ambassador to Bulgaria
Mark C. Donfried; Director and Founder of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
Petar Dimitrov, senior expert; "G. S. Rakovski" National Defence Academy
Daniele Riggio; Information Officer for Afghanistan, the broad region, and Central Asian Republics, NATO
Col. Ivo Marinov; "G. S. Rakovski" National Defence Academy
Mira Radeva; sociologist MBMD
12:00 - 13:00 Buffet Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 Outsourcing in the Defence Sector (panel II)

Moderator:
Mark C. Donfried; Director and Founder of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
H.E. Chris Dell; Former DCM, US Embassy in Kabul
Daniele Riggio; Information Officer for Afghanistan, the broad region, and Central Asian Republics, NATO
Tsvetan Mutafchiev; Finance Director, Telekink
H.E. Danay Kumanaku; Greek Ambassador to Bulgaria
14:30 - 14:45 Coffee break
14:45 - 15:15 Protection of bases and strategic targets in Afghanistan from insurgency attacks (panel III)

Moderator:
Col. Dimitar Handzhiev; Ministry of Defence, Bulgaria
Mariya Piffer; Rheinmetall
Col Walter Runge; Military Attaché, German Embassy in Sofia
15:15 - 16:00 Bulgarian Business support in Afghanistan
Company presentations (panel IV)

Petyo Asenov; Director of Business Development Arsenal 2000
16:00 - 16:30 Exhibition opening

H.E. Mohammad Davood Pagshiri; Afghani Ambassador to Bulgaria
18:00 - 20:00 Dinner with traditional Afghani food
 

DAY 2

10:00 - 11:15 EU Role in Afghanistan : An Overview of Afghanistan’s Social, Economic, and Political Issues (panel IV)
Discussion


Moderator: Simeon Vassilev, Cross Agency

Avgustina Tzvetkova; Deputy Minister of Defence (tbc)
Bettina Muscheidt; European Commission
Mark C. Donfried, Director and Founder of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
Andrey Raychev; Sociologist
Petar Emil Mitev; Politologist (tbc)
11:15 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:30 Security environment in Afghanistan and its implications for international peace and security: Governance and institution-building (panel V)

Moderator: Georgi Koritarov; journalist TV+

H.E. Lyubomir Ivanov; former Bulgarian ambassador to NATO
Panyot Angarev; Journalist, Economedia
Nikolay Milkov; Ministry of Defence, Bulgaria
KonstantinValkov; program director, Darik radio
Deyan Yotov; Trud Daily
13:00 - 14:00 Buffet Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 EU in Afghanistan: The Bulgarian policy towards Afghanistan (panel VI)

Moderator: H.E. Zdravko Popov, Bulgarian Ambassador

H.E. Nickolay Mladenov; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria
Nadezhda Neynsky; Bulgarian Member of European Parliament
Col. Georgi Karamfilov; Military Academy, “G.Rakovski”
Col. Stefan Yanev; Ministry of Defence , Bulgaria
Angel Orbetzov; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria
Venelin Petkov; Journalist BTV
Col. Petar Todorov; Ministry of Defence, Bulgaria
15:30 - 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 - 17:15 Counter-narcotics strategy/campaign : From Drugs to Rose oil production

Kalin Georgiev; Ministry of Interior (tbc)
Ivan Garelov; Journalist
H.E. Mehmet Gucuk; Turkish Ambassador to Bulgaria
Hristo Hristov; Foreign Trade Manager, Bulgaria
 

DAY 3 - Youth Meeting

10:00 - 11:00 Round table discussion: Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

Karima Dlir; Representative from Afghanistan
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 12:30 The Young Generation: Together in a better World

Meeting of young people from Bulgaria and Afghanistan
12:30 - 12:45 Coffee break
12:45 - 13:45 The role of NGOs in rebuilding Civil Society in Afghanistan
 

Speakers for the Conference Include:

Andrey Raychev; Sociologist
Angel Orbetzov; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria
Avgustina Tzvetkova; Deputy Minister of Defence, Bulgaria (tbc)
Bettina Muscheidt; Desk Officer for Afghanistan, European Commission
Boyko Vassilev; Journalist, Bulgarian National Television
H.E. Chris Dell; Former DCM, US Embassy in Kabul
H.E. Danay Kumanaku; Greek Ambassador to Bulgaria
Daniele Riggio; Information Officer for Afghanistan, the broad region, and Central Asian Republics, NATO
Deyan Yotov; Trud Daily
Col. Dimitar Handzhiev; Ministry of Defence, Bulgaria
Col. Georgi Karamfilov; "G. S. Rakovski" National Defence Academy
Ivan Garelov; Journalist
Hristo Hristov; Foreign Trade Manager, Bulgaria
Col. Ivo Marinov; "G. S. Rakovski", National Defence Academy
Kalin Georgiev; Ministry of Interior, Bulgaria (tbc)
Konstantin Valkov; Program director, Darik radio
H.E. Lyubomir Ivanov; former Bulgarian ambassador to NATO
Mariya Piffer; Rheinmetall Defence
Mark C. Donfried; Director and Founder of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
H.E. Mehmet Gucuk; Turkish Ambassador to Bulgaria
Mira Radeva; Sociologist MBMD
H.E. Mohammad Davood Pagshiri; Afghani Ambassador to Bulgaria
Nadezhda Neynsky; Bulgarian Member of European Parliament
Amb. Nikolay Milkov; Ministry of Defence, Bulgaria
H.E. Nickolay Mladenov; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria
Panyot Angarev; Journalist, Economedia
Petar Dimitrov; Senior expert, "G. S. Rakovski", National Defence Academy
Petar Emil Mitev; Politologist (tbc)
Col. Petar Todorov; Ministry of Defence, Bulgaria
Petyo Asenov; Director of Business Development Arsenal 2000
Simeon Vassilev; Cross Agency
Dr. Solomon Passy; President of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria
Col. Stefan Yanev; Ministry of Defence, Bulgaria
H.E. Steve Williams;British Ambassador to Bulgaria
Tsvetan Mutafchiev; Finance Director, Telekink
Venelin Petkov; Journalist, BTV
Col Walter Runge; Military Attaché, German Embassy in Sofia
H.E. Zdravko Popov; Bulgarian Ambassador