Russia and Afghanistan: Lessons Learned

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RUSImotif 2A lecture by Alexander Sternik, Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Russian Federation, London.

A stable and democratic Afghanistan which will act as a responsible neighbour and a predictable regional player is of vital interest to Russia. Drawing on Moscow's experience of the 1980s, Alexander Sternik will reflect on the challenges facing the international community and discuss why a delicate equilibrium of tribal interests and practical assistance in rebuilding infrastructure at all levels is required to achieve these goals.

Of paramount importance is the expansion of bilateral and multilateral cooperation in combating terrorism and drug trafficking, as well as in the trade, economic and humanitarian spheres. Alexander will discuss Moscow's contribution to the development of the Afghan-Pakistani partnership, in the spirit of the decisions taken with the participation of the Russian President in multilateral meetings.

Alexander Sternik is Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Russian Federation, London. His previous overseas assignments have included the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Eritrea) 1989-1994 and New York (Permanent Mission to the UN and the UN Security Council) 1988-2002. Within the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he has been: Attaché and Third Secretary (African Department); Second, First Secretary and PA to the Deputy Foreign Minister responsible for 'frozen conflicts' and the legal status of the Caspian Sea; and Head of the UN Political Section (Department of International Organisations).   

An optional £10 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215.

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