Recognising that the regional context is crucial for the next phase of development in Afghanistan, and that relevant expertise has to be mobilised for this purpose, CMI and the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), convened a conference of experts from the region to discuss peacebuilding issues. The main purpose was to assess how actors and processes in the region can promote joint peacebuilding strategies, for which co-operative mechanisms are most appropriate, and what are the principal obstacles. The conference sought to identify areas of common interest as well as to clarify different perspectives among the relevant actors in the region, exploring in detail economic and security issues as well as repatriation to and within Afghanistan, and reconciliation and human rights. The conference took place on 22-24 September at Solstrand outside Bergen.

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