This event was hosted by the Forum on the Arms Trade and the Security Assistance Monitor.
Panelists and recommended resources
- Tamim Asey, Founder and Executive Chairman, Institute of War & Peace Studies (bio)
- James Cunningham, Project Lead, Security Sector Assistance, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)
- Jodi Vittori, Co-chair, Global Politics and Security Program, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service; Non-Resident Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (bio)
- "Corruption and Self-Dealing in Afghanistan and Other U.S.-Backed Security Sectors," Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, September 9, 2021.
- Elias Yousif, Deputy Director, Security Assistance Monitor, Center for International Policy (bio)
- "The Expanding Scope of U.S. Security Assistance Since 9/11," Security Assistance Monitor, September 2021.
- "Issue Brief: The Arms Left Behind in Afghanistan," Security Assistance Monitor, September 2021.
- "Ever-shifting Goalposts: Lessons From 20 Years of Security Assistance in Afghanistan," Security Assistance Monitor, June 2021.
Opening Remarks and Presentations (time indicated when remarks begin)
- Elias Yousif - framing the conversation 5:15
- Tamim Asey - a perspective from Afghanistan 10:17
- James Cunningham - a perspective on U.S. assistance 22:30
- Jodi Vittori - corruption and building government capacity -- lessons from Afghanistan and where relevant elsewhere 33:40
- Elias Yousif - the ongoing security assistance endeavor - 45:25
- scope of weapons lost in Afghanistan - Cunningham 49:35
- lessons from the Afghan side on multiple outside interventions (Soviet, UK, US, etc) - Asey - 51:45
- does assistance contribute to corruption? how relate to governance? - Vittori - 58:20 Yousif - 109:15
- are "lessons learned" being listened to and what are top priority changes? Cunningham - 1:03:50
- more discussion of push and pull between institution building and warfighting in Afghanistan - Asey 1:11:30
- implications of pseudo-FMS process - Cunningham 1:19:40
- Asey - on building capabilities first 1:23:10
- Cunningham - points on long term commitments, alignment, learning/teaching, hearts and minds 1:24:30
- Vittori - need for quick action at initial time of change, seeing the world today, great power competition and elsewhere 128:10
- Yousif - we are still doing this around the world 130:15