TOPIC: Over the past year, nearly 80,000 Afghans committed to serve their country by joining the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), representing an increase of more than 42 percent from the previous year. Despite this tremendous growth, many challenges lay ahead for the transfer of security from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to the ANSF, currently scheduled for 2014. Violence in on the rise, particularly in Helmand, Kandahar and Kunar provinces, and assassinations increased by 50 percent while suicide attacks doubled. The police and army's capacity to address these issues is hampered by retention challenges, supply and logistical support issues, illiteracy and drug abuse. Despite the ongoing violence and challenges, NATO has emphasized the importance of ensuring an Afghan-led transition process. Furthermore, officials are upbeat about the increasing numbers and capacity of Afghan police and soldiers. In order for the ANSF to effectively assume control for the country's security upon the departure of international troops, it is critical that the Karzai government and NATO's ISAF weaken or defeat the Taliban, build local government with popular support and put an end to the corruption that feeds disaffection. Join USIP in welcoming Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardark and Afghan Interior Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi to discuss the role of the ANSF in this transition. Ministers Wardak and Mohammadi will discuss the challenges inherent within this process, the way forward for the ANSF and their insights looking ahead to 2014. Speakers Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, Minister of Defense, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (SPEAKS ENGLISH) Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, Minister of Interior, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (CONSECUTIVE TRANSLATION) LTG David Barno, USA (Ret.), Senior Adviser and Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security Moderator Ambassador William B. Taylor , Senior Vice President, Center for Conflict Managemoreless
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