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News & Events

The Institute's experts remain actively engage in related field through other institutional affiliations. Below are events and news items that either directly involve IST experts themselves or that our experts believe merit wider attention.


Recent News Articles

New Customs Director in the North of Afghanistan
May/25/2017 Author: Abdurahman Rasikh

Senior Fellow Mr. Abdurahman Rasikh was named Afghanistan's new Director of Customs at its northern border office in Mazar-e-Sharif, the country's second largest city and a world renowned cultural hub. Mr. Rasikh completes years of civil service reform as former Director of Provincial Affairs at the Civil Service Commission in Kabul, Prior to that, Mr. Rasikh worked on the staff of current Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.


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US Presidential Campaign Processes and US Foreign Policy
Sep/30/2016 Author: Max Primorac

Max Primorac spoke to Latin American military leaders about the impact of US Presidential Elections on US foreign policy at National Defense University's  William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies's Washington Seminar on Defense and Security.


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Dr. Spencer Completes Tour at OSD Counternarcotics & Global Threats
Aug/03/2016 Author: David Elliott Spencer, PhD

Dr. Spencer completed his tour at the Office of the Secretary of Defense's Counternarcotics & Global Threats and returns to his post at the National Defense University's William J. Perry Center for Hemishpheric Defense Studies. He will serve as Liaison between the institutions. In addition, Dr. Spencer continues to support the Pentagon's Colombian Peace Process.


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Talking Policy: Charlotte Ponticelli on Afghanistan
Mar/11/2016 Author: Charlotte Ponticelli

Charlotte Ponticelli is interviewed by World Policy Journal about the work of the US - Afghan Women's Council.


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Demobilizing and Reintegrating former Colombian Rebels
Jun/25/2014 Author: David Elliott Spencer, PhD

Dr. David Spencer joined other security experts at NDU's William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies to reviiew the effectiveness of international efforts of the past decade to help former FARC guerrillas to civilianize.


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Improving Labor Conditions in the Dominican Republic
Jun/12/2014 Author: Charlotte Ponticelli

Charlotte Ponticelli spoke at a Clarkson-Montesinos Institute conference to address challenging worker conditions in the Dominican Republic's sugar industry.


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Political Crisis in Thailand
Dec/05/2013 Author: Pierrick Le Jeune, PhD

Dr. Pierrick LeJeune, secunded by France's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to its Embassy to Indonesia and Timor Lested as Attache for public administration affairs, civil service training and vocational education, was interviewed by GBTimes Radio on the political crisis gripping Thailand.


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The Situation for Women in Afghanistan in Light of Nato's Withdrawal
Nov/14/2013 Author: Charlotte Ponticelli

Charlotte Ponticelli spoke to the Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations about the impact of the Nato military drawdown on gains previously made by Afghan women. Ms. Ponticelli is Program Director and Advisor at the American Committees on Foreign Relations.


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What Will Happen to Afghanistan Women When Nato Withdraws?
Nov/13/2013 Author: Charlotte Ponticelli

On November 13, Ms. Charlotte Ponticelli will spoke on the issue of "What Will Happen to Afghanistan Women When Nato Withdraws?" at the Indianapolis Committee on Foreign Relations.


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Gains by Afghan, Iraqi Women at Risk
Sep/09/2013 Author: Charlotte Ponticelli

Charlotte Ponticelli was interviewed by the Wichita Eagle city newspaper about the status of womens rights in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Ms. Ponticelli was in Kansas to give a presentation on the issue to the Wichita Committee on Foreign Relations.


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Presidential Elections in Mongolia
Jun/26/2013 Author: Dame Audrey Glover, DBE

Dame Audrey Glover headed the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission to Mongolia to observe that country's Presidential Elections.


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Progress in the Midst of Challenges: A Case for Optimism in Afghanistan
Jan/18/2013 Author: Arnold Fields

Earlier this year, Major General Arnie Fields offered remarks to the Afghanistan Summit III in Dubai, UAE regarding progress  made and the challenges facing Afghanistan.. Fields is the former Special Inspector General for Reconstruction in Afghanistan.


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Worth the Effort? A Few Reflections and Lessons Learned from Afghanistan Reconstruction
Jun/14/2012 Author: Arnold Fields

Delivering the Keynote Address to the Afghanistan Summit II in Dubai, UAE, Major General Arnie Fields spoke about Afghanistan's future prospects.  The Afghanistan Summits program gather international companies and senior government leaders into a single forum to discuss ways in which to promote Afghanistan's economic development.


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