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Interview with Mr. Ali Nazary, Head of Foreign Relations for National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF) by Dr. John Arquilla, emeritus professor of Defense Analysis 

September 8, 2021

Mr. Ali Nazary Interview

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Global ECCO gathered a diverse panel from the RDFP community, educators, and practitioners to discuss various aspects related to Afghanistan and the short and long-term security implications of the Taliban takeover in the region and abroad

 Virtual Panel Discussion

16 SEPT @ 8 AM PST / 11 AM EST

Panel Session Part 1: Lecture Series with Panelists

Panel Session - Afghanistan: Reactions and Reflections Part 1

Panel Session Part 2: Discussion and Q&A

Part 2 Panel Session - Afghanistan: Reactions and Reflections


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Dr. John Arquilla, NPS Emeritus

Dr. John Arquilla is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Defense Analysis at the United States Naval Postgraduate School. He is the author of over a dozen books covering a range of topics, from irregular warfare (e.g., Insurgents, Raiders, and Bandits, Rowman 2011; and Afghan Endgames, Georgetown 2012) to strategies for improving cybersecurity (Bitskrieg, Polity 2021).





Time                                Event

Introduction: Ms. Amina Kator-Mubarez (Research Associate, Global ECCO / Naval Postgraduate School)

0805-0820 Dr. Matthew Dearing - (Associate Professor, National Defense University):  Building partner capacity post US withdrawal from Afghanistan 
0820-0835 Mr. Haris Tarin - (Policy Advisor, US Dept. Homeland Security): The brain drain of Afghanistan and the broader national security implications 
0835-0850 Dr. Sajjan Gohel - (International Security Director, Asia-Pacific Foundation): Taliban ties to al-Qaeda/ISIS and the potential for foreign terrorist fighters returning to Afghanistan 
0850-0905 LTC Lemar Farhad - (Chief, FAO, U.S. Embassy, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia):  Can resistance groups serve as a bulwark against the Taliban? 

Panel Session Discussion | Moderator - Dr. John Arquilla (Emeritus, Naval Postgraduate School)





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Dr.  Matthew Dearing - NDU

Dr. Dearing is an Associate Professor of Regional and Analytical Studies at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA). For over two decades, he has focused on U.S. foreign policy, international security, and comparative political violence, with field research in Africa and Afghanistan. Dr. Dearing has worked as an advisor for Brigade Combat Teams and Provincial Reconstruction Teams in southern and eastern Afghanistan from 2008-13, with particular focus on political stability in Kabul, Kandahar and Ghazni. ​​​​​​​  ​​

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Mr. Haris Tarin - AAF

Mr. Tarin is the Co-Founder of the Afghan-American Foundation. He previously served as the Director of the Washington DC Office of Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). In both capacities he has engaged and advised various agencies including the White House, Departments of Justice, State and Homeland Security and congressional offices on Capitol Hill. He has produced over 30 policy papers focusing on issues including national security, civil rights/civil liberties, religious freedom, immigration, and civic engagement. He joins us today in his personal capacity. Mr. Tarin also is a senior policy advisor for the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the US Department of Homeland Security. 

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Dr. Sajjan Gohel - CTAG

Dr. Sajjan M. Gohel has a multi-disciplinary background in global security issues and professional military education (PME). He is Chairman for NATO DEEP Counter-Terrorism Advisory Group (CTAG), and International Security Director for the Asia-Pacific Foundation (APF).

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LTC Lemar Farhad - FAO US ARMY 

LTC Lemar Farhad currently serves as the Chief, Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), U.S. Embassy, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to serving as ODC Chief, LTC Farhad served as Director, Central & South Asia, Partner Engagements—Directorate of Intelligence (J2), U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Prior to serving at CENTCOM J2, LTC Farhad served as the Tajikistan & Kyrgyz Republic Country Director for the Security Cooperation Division at CENTCOM Directorate of Strategy, Plans and Policy (J5).

NOTE: The views/opinions expressed by the panelsts are their own and do not represent US Central Command, the US Army, the Department of Defense, or the US Department of Homeland Security