What’s a women’s role?


 I would like to cordially invite you to an Afghanistan breakfast briefing hosted by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), with special guest Claire Russo, on Wednesday, April 7th from 9:00 – 10:30 AM. 


The presentation by Ms. Russo, Empowering Local Village Elders and Women in Afghanistan, will detail her efforts in RC-East to improve local dispute resolution by empowering local village elders and strengthening Coalition Forces’ efforts. She will also discuss the role of Female Engagement Teams in Afghanistan as part of the counterinsurgency effort.
Claire Russo is currently serving as a civilian advisor to the US Army. Ms. Russo conducts directed field research to provide cultural/social context for effective implementation of the counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan.  Currently, Ms Russo is located on Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan in Kunar Province, Sarkani District. In addition to her work in RC-East, she has spent time in the Helmand Province in RC South. Ms. Russo previously served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq and worked for the Washington DC-based think tank, Institute for the Study of War.
To confirm your attendance, please email [email protected] or call 202-293-5550.
WHEN:                 Wednesday, April 7, 2010
                                9:00 – 10:30 AM
WHERE:               Institute for the Study of War
                                Rooftop conference room
                                1616 P St. NW entrance
RSVP:                    [email protected]
                                *Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, April 6th.
If you can’t make the event, please be sure to check out ISW’s newest publication, Best Practices in Counterinsurgency: Operation Seventh Veil. In an interview with Kimberly Kagan of the Institute for the Study of War, Colonel J.B. Burton discusses his time as the Commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, which had responsibility for northwest Baghdad in 2007. 
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