Afghanistan-uka 2016 går av stabelen mellom 20. og 25. september. Uka er et samarbeid mellom Afghanistankomiteen, Chr. Michelsens institutt (CMI) og Institutt for fredsforskning (PRIO). I tillegg bidrar en lang rekke andre organisasjoner til et stort og variert program. Sentrale afghanske og internasjonale forskere og aktører kommer til Norge for å stå bak talerstolen og delta i debatter. Kultur og brobygging står også på programmet.
Målet med Afghanistan-uka er å plassere Afghanistan øverst på den norske dagsorden. Afghanistankomiteen er initiativtaker og koordinator for uka som blir gjennomført med støtte fra Fritt Ord og Norad.   

The Afghanistan Week 2016 is a cooperation between the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee, the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Our aim is to bring Afghanistan to the top of the Norwegian agenda, bringing Afghan and international experts to Norway to inform and debate.

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Tuesday, September 20 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Åpningskveld/Opening night: Afghanistan: From Lessons Learned to Decision-Making

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​​In June the Norwegian Commission on Afghanistan launched its report “A good ally – Norway in Afghanistan 2001-14”. Evaluating Norway’s total efforts to Afghanistan as well as giving an insight into how and why decisions and strategies were made, this report is an important contribution to the debate on the international community’s role in Afghanistan. The NATO period ended when most of the foreign troops withdrew in 2014. 

Afghanistan is now in a so-called transition period, struggling with political turmoil, an increasingly difficult security situation and economic decline. 

  • What are the lessons learned from the grand international effort to build a peaceful and secure Afghanistan? 
  • And how can the international community best support Afghanistan in the time to come? 

The opening evening of the Afghanistan Week 2016 starts with an introduction by state secretary Tore Hattrem followed by two short key note speeches by our Afghan guests Farkhunda Naderi and Mujib Mashal. They will comment on the Norwegian conclusions and give their recommendations on how Norway as a member of the international should support Afghanistan. 

The programme ends with a debate between Norwegian decision makers: 

  • How can the lessons learned in Afghanistan be converted into political action?


  • Henrik Syse (PRIO) - Chair
  • Tore Hattrem (Norwegian MFA)
  • ​Hilde Frafjord Johnson​ (Christian Democrats)​
  • Mujib Mashal (New York Times)
  • Farkhunda Zahra Naderi (MP for Kabul, Afghan parliament)
  • Bård Vegard Solhjell (Socialist Left Party)
  • ​​​Christian Tybring-Gjedde (Progress Party)​

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Henrik Syse

Henrik Syse is a philosopher, author and senior researcher at PRIO. He is a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and editor of the Journal of Military Ethics.

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Tore Hattrem

State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tore Hattrem was appointed State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in September 2015. His main areas of responsibility are security policy, the High North, matters relating to the US, Russia, Eurasia and Canada, humanitarian affairs and human rights. Mr Hattrem... Read More →
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Hilde Frafjord Johnson

General secretary, Christian Democratic Party
Hilde Frafjord Johnson is now general secretary for The Christian Democratic Party. She former Minister of International Development of Norway and has also served as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South... Read More →
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Liv Kjølseth

Generalsekretær, Afghanistankomiteen
Liv er generalsekretær i Afghanistankomiteen
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Mujib Mashal

Mujib Mashal is a reporter for The New York Times, covering Afghanistan. His investigative and explanatory work has previously appeared in magazines such as The Atlantic, Harper's, Time, and others.He has a degree in South Asian history from Columbia University in New York. 
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Farkhunda Naderi

Farkhunda Zahra Naderi is a former MP (2010 to Jun 2015).She represented Kabul Province in the Lower House of Afghan Parliament. During these five years Farkhunda Zahra Naderi worked in three different Commissions of Parliament including Commission on Women’s Affairs, Human rights... Read More →
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Bård Vegard Solhjell

Bård Vegar Solhjell (Socialist Left Party) has been a member of the Enlarged Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence since 2009. Solhjell was Minister of the Environment from March 2012 to October 2013, and Minister of Education from October 2007 to October 2009. He was... Read More →
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Christian Tybring-Gjedde

Christian Tybring- Gjedde is a politician representing the Progress Party (FrP). He has been member of the Norwegian Parliament – Stortinget - for Oslo County since 2005. He was a member of the Finance Committee until the autumn of 2013. He then became member of the Standing Committee... Read More →

Tuesday September 20, 2016 5:00pm - 8:00pm CEST