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Centre for Security Governance eSeminar – The Afghan National Security Forces Beyond 2014: Will They Be Ready?

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    On February 18th, the Centre for Security Governance is hosting its 2nd eSeminar event on the topic of security sector reform in Afghanistan. Below is a description of the event, including a list of the panelists.

    Event description:

    With the international community set to withdraw the bulk of their troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, much will be expected of the developing Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). While the ANSF has made major strides in recent years thanks to the investment of tens of billions of dollars of international aid, questions remain about their capability to provide security and safeguard the Afghan state in the midst of an insurgency that shows no sign of slowing down. This seminar will seek to assess the current state of the ANSF and the impact of international assistance in developing it. Most importantly it will endeavor to answer the fundamental question, will the ANSF be ready to assume full responsibility for security in Afghanistan?

    The event is free, and will feature panel presentations followed by a live interactive Q&A session. To register for the event, and for more information about it, please visit the following webpage: http://www.secgovcentre.org/eseminar-no-2/

    Speakers:

    Omar Samad – Ambassador Omar Samad is Senior Central Asia Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington D.C. He is also founder and President of Silkroad Consulting L.L.C. He was Senior Afghan Expert at the U.S. Institute of Peace (2012-2013). He served as Ambassador of Afghanistan to France (2009-2011), and Ambassador to Canada (2004-2009). He was the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul (2001-2004). As founder of the Afghanistan Information Center, he launched Azadi Afghan Radio and its website based in Virginia (1996-2001). He has been a contributor to Afghan and international media for more than two decades. He has a Master’s Degree in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Massachusetts in 2006. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and International Studies from the American University (Washington D.C. 1990). He attended primary and secondary schools in Kabul, Paris and London.

    Michael O’Hanlon – Michael O’Hanlon is a senior fellow with the Center for 21 Century Security and Intelligence and director of research for the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force and American foreign policy. He is a visiting lecturer at Princeton University, an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

    Cornelius Friesendorf – Dr. Cornelius Friesendorf is a lecturer at Goethe University Frankfurt and a researcher at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF/HSFK). His work focuses on international intervention, the protection of civilians, police reform, and strategies against trafficking in human beings and drugs. Cornelius holds degrees from the University of Zurich, Free University Berlin, and London School of Economics and Political Science. Before assuming his current position in 2009, he was a fellow at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces. He conducted fieldwork in South America, North Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia, South Asia, and Afghanistan.

    Antonio Giustozzi – Dr. Antonio Giustozzi holds a PhD from London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A. in Contemporary History from the University of Bologna. He worked at the Crisis States Research Centre until January 2011. He also served with the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) from 2003 to 2004. His work is focused primarily on Afghanistan, but also on the security dimension of failed states and states in critical situations, and the political aspects of insurgency and warlordism.

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