Multilateral Training Enhances Border Management in Central Asia

People walk along a bridge unveiled at the Tajik-Afghan border in Nizhny Pyandzh, Tajikistan, Aug. 26, 2007. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: April Wells serves as a Staff Assistant in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.

At a small compound not far from the airport in Dushanbe, an Afghan, a Tunisian, and a Tajik official sit side-by-side listening to a lecture on weapons smuggling interdiction. As the American instructor’s words are simultaneously translated into Dari, English, and Tajik, the students furiously scribble notes. They will have to present research projects on this material in the near future. They do not want to be caught unprepared.

The students are but three of 41 border management and/or security officials from Central Asia and beyond who have come to the OSCE Border Management Staff Collegein Tajikistan to learn how to fight terrorism, human trafficking, illicit drug trade, and many other threats that governments face as they manage long, porous borders. More Afghans have… more »

Strengthening and Modernizing Conventional Arms Control in Europe for the 21st Century
OSCE sign, January 2, 2011. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Rich Davis serves as Director of the Office of Euro-Atlantic Security in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance.

Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Rose Gottemoeller delivered a keynote address today at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Annual Security Review Conference (ASRC) in Vienna, where she outlined the importance of conventional arms control in Europe and the challenges we face. She emphasized that it is in the interest of each OSCE member to ensure that our arms control efforts contribute to stability and enhance mutual security in line with our commitments and obligations.

The OSCE Annual Security Review Conference provides an opportunity for the 56 participating States to take stock of current security concerns and discuss how best to address them together. At the Conference, Assistant Secretary Gottemoeller joined her Russian counterpart, Ambassador Mikhail Uliyanov, in highlighting the important… more »