On Monday, October 7th the Netherlands Atlantic Youth and Atlantic Forum are organizing a film screening and debate in Theater LUX in Nijmegen themed:
NATO in Afghanistan
Screening film 12 Strong and debate on 18 years of NATO in Afghanistan
The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States would lead to the first Article 5 invocation in NATO history and its longest out of area mission: Afghanistan. October 7, 2019 marks the 19th anniversary of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The movie 12 Strong (Fuglsig, 2018) captures the first days of Operation Enduring Freedom by telling the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11, where the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban. By December 2001 they succeeded in winning the war against the Taliban, but winning the peace had just started. Following the Bonn Agreement, on basis of UNSC resolution 1386, NATO took charge of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
Eighteen years on we now have a first generation of voters who have known nothing else than that there is war in Afghanistan. What has transpired in those 18 years? What was the Netherlands role in it? How did NATO work with Warlords? And what will happen if a peace deal is agreed between the US and the Taliban? Following the screening an expert panel will delve into these questions and more.
When: October 7th, 19:00-22:30 hours
Where: Theater LUX, Mariënburg 38-39, Nijmegen
Cost: € 11