Iran-Afghanistan-Pakistan USIP Briefing Series

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Iran-Afghanistan-Pakistan USIP Briefing Series

Stimson's Security for a New Century and the U.S. Institute of Peace have partnered to present an eighteen-month, 15-part briefing series on Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan for Congress. Instability in this region is one of the highest national security priorities for the US, with internal dynamics and regional interplay among these three countries posing vexing challenges not only for the US, but also the entire international community.

This series aims to inform Congressional staff with nonpartisan, highly detailed, and nuanced information about the shifting factors that impact stability, security, and human survival in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran. This is a selection of past events in the program thus far.


De-Radicalization and the Psychology of Terrorism (April 30, 2010)

  • Dr. John Horgan, Director of the International Center for the Study of Terrorism and Associate Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Pennsylvania State University.

The Afghanistan-Kyrgyzstan Nexus (May 20, 2010)

  • Candace Rondeaux, Kabul-based Senior Analyst for the International Crisis Group, and Paul Quinn-Judge, Central Asia Project Director for the ICG.

Security, Reconstruction, and Development: The Role of Civil Society in Afghanistan (June 7, 2010)

  • Aziz Rafiee, Managing Director of the Afghan Civil Society Forum, which recently conducted research on "Democratic Policing in Afghanistan," Mirwais Wardak, Program Director for Cooperation for Peace and Unity, a national peacebuilding and development research institute based in Kabul, and Laurent Saillard, Director of ACBAR, the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief.

Water Management and Conflict in Pakistan (July 23, 2010)

  • Dr. Daanish Mustafa, Senior Lecturer in Environment, Politics, and Development in the Department of Geography at King's College, London.

The War in Afghanistan: Competing Assumptions (September 24, 2010)

  • Matthew Hoh, former Marine captain and Director of the Afghanistan Study Group, and Dr. Michael O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute, and co-author of Toughing it Out in Afghanistan (2010).

Iran: Internal Politics and Global Ambitions (December 10, 2010)

  • Dr. Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and former Senior Adviser to the Special Adviser for the Gulf and Southwest Asia at the US Department of State.

The Role of the Media in Pakistan (April 8, 2011)

  • Huma Yusuf,  award winning columnist and investigative journalist for the leading Pakistani English newspaper, Dawn, and current Pakistan scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

India in Afghanistan: Tensions with Pakistan and the Impact on US Interests (April 19, 2011)

  • Christine Fair, professor at the Center for Peace and Security Studies within Georgetown's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.  Dr. Fair is a former political officer to the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan in Kabul.

Drug-Trafficking and Transnational Crime in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran (May 13, 2011)

  • Matthieu Aikins, an international freelance journalist who has reported on his personal interactions with drug-traffickers and border police along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, and Umar Riaz, a visiting fellow at The Stimson Center and a law enforcement officer from Pakistan serving as a federal civil servant in supervisory positions in Pakistan's Frontier Province and in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

The US, Iran, and Stability in Afghanistan (May 27, 2011)

  • Dr. Mohsen Milani joined us for a discussion on the current status of Iran-Afghanistan relations and the implications for US interests in the region.  Dr. Milani is a Professor of Politics and Chair of the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  He has written extensively about the Persian Gulf, the Iranian Revolution, and Iran's foreign and security policies. 

A Report from the Commanders of the USS Kearsarge and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (June 24, 2011)

  • CAPT Pete Pagano, commander of USS Kearsarge Amphibious Group (KSG ARG), and Col Mark Desens, commander of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).