Defence Challenges in Central Asia

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David Harrison will examine the defence challenges that face Central Asian states. He will consider the effect on the defence policies of the countries in the region as NATO’s combat operations in Afghanistan conclude, and as Russia’s desire to re-exert its influence militarily in the region increases. He will also assess the role China seeks to play. He will draw specifically on his experience in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Speaker Biography:

David Harrison has recently retired from the British Army after a career spanning more than 30 years. Most recently he spent three years in Central Asia as UK’s Defence Attache in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Prior to this appointment he served in SHAPE where he had operational and planning responsibility for the national contributions to NATO’s deployed HQs. Previously he was the Chief of Operations in HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in Germany, deploying to ISAF HQ in 2006 as the mission expanded into the south and east of the country. His early career was an Infantry officer in the Devon and Dorsets.

He attended the Army Staff College in 1990, the NATO Defence College in 1999 and holds a Masters degree in Defence Administration and BA(Hons) in History. He was awarded an OBE in 2007 and NATO’s Meritorious Service Medal in 2009.   


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