On April 22, National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs hosted a number of senior Afghan police, military, and national security officials for a round table discussion regarding the U.S. –Afghan partnership and how best to integrate efforts to address Afghanistan’s goals for security and stability.
The Afghan military and police general officers and senior civilian officials discussed the security challenges currently facing Afghanistan and how best to address the challenges with their U.S. partners.
U.S. participants included military officer Master’s Degree students (called “Afghanistan hands”), as well as professors from National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs.
The Afghan officials interacted with the U.S. students in English, Dari, Pashto, and advised the U.S. students on specific issues to consider as they prepare to return to Afghanistan for duty with the U.S. military.
The objective of the meeting was to learn from senior Afghan security officials about the challenges they face in their battle to ensure stability and security for the Afghan people, and how the U.S. can best prepare and educate its military officers to serve most effectively alongside their Afghan partners.