From 26-28 August, Mr. Jeff Payne of the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies helped lead ARCENT’s 2019 Central and South Asia Symposium. Taking place at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, the event brought together ARCENT’s leadership, key U.S. state national guard components, and army representatives from Central and South Asia states. Regional states that took part include Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Topics discussed at the symposium included a review of U.S. policy towards the region, discussions on border security, the status of exercise Steppe Eagle, and discussions on ISIS’s footprint in the Central and South Asia Region, among others. LTG (ret) Terry Wolff, NESA Director, spoke to the participants regarding the regional impact of violent extremism and ISIS in particular.