The Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies (CSRS) is a teaching institute located at the Naval Postgraduate School, whose purpose is to provide educational opportunities for the full-spectrum of actors that become involved in stabilization and reconstruction activities. We applaud the Navy for undertaking stabilization and reconstruction activities as an important part of the new year. On January 30-31st, 2008 the CSRS will host the "The U.S. Navy's 2008 Stability and Security Conference," pulling both Navy and non-Navy stakeholders to address several key Navy-centric topics including:
* Receive and discuss emerging S&R concepts throughout the Navy
* Discuss and share information about contemporary Navy contributions to S&R and present Navy capabilities and experiences to non-Navy S&R actors.
* Strengthen and better network the Navy professional S&R community within and outside the Navy.
* Introduce perspectives and priorities of other S&R actors to the Navy S&R community.
Yesterday, the PCR Project hosted Ms. Favia Koofi, a member of the Afghan Parliament, and Ambassador Ronald Neumann, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and prospects for the future.
This is a pretty big deal - we've been tracking the pressure-cooker-of-a-situation that is the U.S. position regarding Iran, and so this newest NIE (National Intelligence Estimate) does rock the boat, reporting that Iran stopped its nuclear weapons program in 2003.
A friend of PCR informed us about a recent solidarity march in the District that drew hundreds of lawyers to alert the public about the struggle of their Pakistani colleagues. To watch videos of the protest and the march click here and here.
The Asia Society co-sponsored a discussion with the Council on Foreign Relations titled "Pakistan Today: The Musharraf Government Makes Its Case." It took place this morning in NY at the Asia Society and Museum building, and featured a live audience as well as including questions presented by internet listeners.