Afghanistan: The Nexus between Disarming and Rebuilding Armed Forces

Webcast: This event will be webcast live beginning at 10:00am EST on February 3, 2011 at

In November 2005, the United Nations announced the completion of its program to disarm and demobilize more than 60,000 members of the Afghanistan Military Forces. Coincidentally, the U.S. was building a new Afghanistan National Army to face the threat from a resurgent Taliban. What was the relationship between these seemingly incongruous actions? How did the simultaneous Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) and Security Sector Reform (SSR) impact the Afghan government’s ability to assist Coalition Forces to create a safe and secure environment? These questions will be addresses by a panel of distinguished experts.


• Caroline Hartzell
Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace
Author of the USIP Special Report “The Impact of DDR on SSR in Afghanistan” (forthcoming)
• Colonel David Lamm (ret.)
Deputy Director, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University
• Mark Sedra
Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation
• Thomas Donnelly
Director, Center for Defense Studies, American Enterprise Institute
• Robert Perito, Moderator
Director, Security Sector Governance Center, U.S. Institute of Peace

Start Date: February 3, 2011 – 10:00am

End Date: February 3, 2011 – 12:00pm

U.S. Institute of Peace
2nd floor conference room
1200 17th St, NW
Washington, DC 20036

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