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NEWS | Feb. 11, 2019

CENTCOM conference offers regional solutions

U.S. Central Command Public Affairs

The 2019 Central and South Asia (CASA) Directors of Military Intelligence (DMI) Conference, hosted by U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), brought together Directors of Military Intelligence from Central and South Asia and subject matter experts from America’s intelligence and academic community, Feb. 4–6.

Afghan Ambassador to the United States, Roya Rahmani, addresses attendees at the U.S. Central Command hosted, Central and South Asia (CASA) Directors of Military Intelligence Conference, Feb. 4, 2019. The annual conference brings together Directors of Military Intelligence from Central and South Asia and subject matter experts from America’s intelligence and academic community to discuss present and future threats facing the CASA region, and lay the ground work for increased regional intelligence cooperation. This year’s conference focused on conflict resolution in Afghanistan. (Photo by Tom Gagnier)
Afghan Ambassador to the United States, Roya Rahmani, addresses attendees at the U.S. Central Command hosted, Central and South Asia (CASA) Directors of Military Intelligence Conference, Feb. 4, 2019. The annual conference brings together Directors of Military Intelligence from Central and South Asia and subject matter experts from America’s intelligence and academic community to discuss present and future threats facing the CASA region, and lay the ground work for increased regional intelligence cooperation. This year’s conference focused on conflict resolution in Afghanistan. (Photo by Tom Gagnier)
Afghan Ambassador to the United States, Roya Rahmani, addresses attendees at the U.S. Central Command hosted, Central and South Asia (CASA) Directors of Military Intelligence Conference, Feb. 4, 2019. The annual conference brings together Directors of Military Intelligence from Central and South Asia and subject matter experts from America’s intelligence and academic community to discuss present and future threats facing the CASA region, and lay the ground work for increased regional intelligence cooperation. This year’s conference focused on conflict resolution in Afghanistan. (Photo by Tom Gagnier)
Afghan Ambassador to the U.S. addresses DMI conference
Afghan Ambassador to the United States, Roya Rahmani, addresses attendees at the U.S. Central Command hosted, Central and South Asia (CASA) Directors of Military Intelligence Conference, Feb. 4, 2019. The annual conference brings together Directors of Military Intelligence from Central and South Asia and subject matter experts from America’s intelligence and academic community to discuss present and future threats facing the CASA region, and lay the ground work for increased regional intelligence cooperation. This year’s conference focused on conflict resolution in Afghanistan. (Photo by Tom Gagnier)
Photo By: Tom Gagnier
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This 4th annual conference focused on conflict resolution in Afghanistan. DMIs and keynote presenters provided proactive solutions to current regional matters.

Discussions addressed internal and external factors concerning Afghanistan and identified outside influencers and potential spoilers to lasting peace in the region.

"Sometimes provocation is exactly what is needed to break out of the worn mental paths and analytic models we can find ourselves trapped in,” said CENTCOM’s Vice Director of Intelligence, Mrs. Cari Gast-Mulherin, who chaired the event.

Afghan Ambassador to the United States, Roya Rahmani addressed the conference expressing that Afghanistan has no shortage of problems, but there is a lot of hope and optimism for the future.

The conference ended on a high note with the CASA states affirming their support for Afghan peace processes.

CENTCOM’s International Programs Branch Chief, Lt. Col. Jane Stokes said, "This conference is a testament to CENTCOM’s commitment to bringing regional players together to solve regional and global problems."

Attendees from six CASA nations included representatives from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.