Virtual Spy Chat with Chris Costa

Special Guest: Ali Maisam Nazary

Rendezvous Info
Thursday, January 20, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET
Online

Join us for an online discussion of the latest intelligence, national security, and terrorism issues in the news. Spy Museum Executive Director Chris Costa will lead the briefing. Costa a former intelligence officer of 34 years with 25 of those in active duty in hot spots such as Panama, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq is also a past Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism on the National Security Council. He will be joined by Ali Maisam Nazary, Head of Foreign Relations for the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF).

The NRF is a military alliance of former Northern Alliance members and other anti-Taliban fighters who remain loyal to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. It was created after the 2021 Taliban offensive, under the leadership of Afghan politician and military leader Ahmad Massoud. Nazary’s role with NRF grows from his deep roots in Afghanistan. He formerly hosted a weekly show on Korasan TV focusing on both current affairs and the country’s history.  During Abdullah Abdullah’s 2014 presidential campaign he served as Abdullah’s Director of Media Affairs.  Nazary then left politics to become a specialist on Afghan and Central Asian government relations at Bellwether Partners.  In 2016, he also became president of The Massoud Foundation USA, the North American branch of the Massoud Foundation of Afghanistan. The Foundation celebrates and studies the life and contributions of the late Ahmad Shah Massoud in order to further Afghanistan's relationship of mutual admiration, partnership, and prosperity with the people and the government of the United States. Nazary returned to politics as Head of Foreign Relations for Ahmad Shah Massoud’s son Ahmad Massoud's political office in late 2018 leading to his role with NRF.  Nazary graduated from UCLA in 2012 with degrees in Political Science and Iranian Studies, and he received a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics in Comparative Politics.

Following their discussion of key issues, you’ll be able to ask questions via our online platform. 

 

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