Podcast: Socio-Cultural Understanding of the Afghanistan-Pakistan (Af-Pak) Region

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Presented: March 22, 2021 12:00 pm
Presented by: Corrinne (Corri) Zoli, Ph.D., Amber Garvey

Part 1

In this podcast, Dr. Zoli discusses what she believes to be the top five challenges for Afghanistan and Pakistan and their relationship today, with emphasis on U.S. and Chinese security posture and engagement with the Central and South Asian regions. The five most pressing issues for both nations are governance, including corruption, economic development, and in the case of Pakistan, managing human capital; security and post-conflict recovery, including what to do with extremist actors, external assistance, and in the case of Afghanistan, lack of state (province to federal) integration; managing existing conflict actors and pluralism (religious, ethnic, tribal), which involves addressing internal and external actors and insurgents, delinking both nations from “Global Islamist Jihad” and their networks; and revising regional engagement strategies, especially for the United States, India, and China. In the course of this analysis, Dr. Zoli will also define cultural approaches to national and international security challenges in this region, and address how they implicate US homeland security and defense.

Link to Podcast here: https://youtu.be/yQURv6gB4FY

Part 2

In this podcast, Dr. Zoli discusses what she believes to be the top five challenges for Afghanistan and Pakistan and their relationship today, with emphasis on U.S. and Chinese security posture and engagement with the Central and South Asian regions. The five most pressing issues for both nations are governance, including corruption, economic development, and in the case of Pakistan, managing human capital; security and post-conflict recovery, including what to do with extremist actors, external assistance, and in the case of Afghanistan, lack of state (province to federal) integration; managing existing conflict actors and pluralism (religious, ethnic, tribal), which involves addressing internal and external actors and insurgents, delinking both nations from “Global Islamist Jihad” and their networks; and revising regional engagement strategies, especially for the United States, India, and China. In the course of this analysis, Dr. Zoli will also define cultural approaches to national and international security challenges in this region, and address how they implicate US homeland security and defense.

Link to Podcast here: https://youtu.be/RS9IHPCEBAQ

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