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WAZIRISTAN AND THE UZBEKS : Event at Jamestown Foundation

The Central Asia Caucasus Institute, SAIS
SAIS South Asia Studies
and The Jamestown Foundation


John C.K. Daly, The Jamestown Foundation
M. Chris Mason, Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Defense Studies

Thursday, June 7, 2007
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

School for Advanced International Studies
Johns Hopkins University
Room 806, Rome Building
1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW

What is the explanation for the clashes involving both tribal groups and remnants of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in Waziristan, on the Pakistani side of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, this spring? How did the Uzbeks get there, and what is the implication of the clashes for their movement and for Afghanistan?

Join John Daly, an expert on Central Asia and the former Soviet Union, who has written about the involvement of the Uzbeks, thought to number 1,000 to 2,000 before the clashes. Dr. Daly received his Ph.D. in Russian and Middle Eastern studies from the University of London and was an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute. His writing has appeared in the Jamestown Foundation's Spotlight on Terror, Jamestown Eurasia Daily Monitor, China Brief and Terrorism Monitor, along with Jane's Defense Group's Intelligence Watch Report, Terrorism Watch Report, Jane's Terrorism and Security Monitor and Islamic Affairs Analyst, Caspian Crossroads, as well as the Christian Science Monitor.

Also speaking is M. Chris Mason, who is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies in Washington, DC and a retired Foreign Service Officer. He served as the Afghanistan Policy Officer for the Bureau of Political Military Affairs at the State Department for four years beginning in June 2001, developing U.S. security policy on Afghanistan. Mr. Mason has traveled frequently to Afghanistan and Pakistan on a variety of security-related projects, and in 2005 he served as the Political Officer on the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Paktika Province (bordering Waziristan). While at the State Department, he worked closely with the intelligence community on a number of classified projects involving tribal mapping and the tribes of Afghanistan and the FATA, and served on the CIA's Pashtun Red Cell. Mr. Mason served as a naval officer from 1981-1986. He holds a Master's Degree in Military Studies from Marine Corps University, and is now working on a PhD in History at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. He was most recently in Pakistan for the month of March this year, visiting Quetta, Peshawar and the FATA.

Light lunch will be served at 12 noon.

Seating for this event is limited. Please RSVP with your name and
affiliation to or call 202-663-7721. An RSVP list will be
distributed to all guests.


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