3 October 2018 - 14:45 to 16:30

Istanbul, Turkey

Moderator: Adnan Nawaz, TRT World Presenter

Keynote: Hamid Karzai, Former President of Afghanistan


Dr. Hamid Karzai, former President of Afghanistan, began by recalling the long-established Turkish-Afghan relations that rooted back to the Ottoman Empire. He praised Turkey’s role, particularly that of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in ushering for peace in Afghanistan and improving its relations with its neighbour Pakistan. He added that there is a slow but sure movement of power from the West to the East as countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America are finally emerging on the global stage. He further illustrated that this was due to the wars that the West launched on the rest of the world, especially in the Muslim world. The war on terror and the illegal invasions by the very same countries that were responsible for the stewardship of the liberal order of the world violated those very principles on which it was built. Dr Karzai pointed to the fact that if western countries do not want to see refugees at their door, then they should not cooperate with policies that force these refugees to flee their lands. The emerging global powers in the new world order, such as China, Russia, India and Turkey, carry the responsibility of providing peace and security. He finally ended his speech by calling for global cooperation and not competition among traditional and emerging world powers.

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