Afghanistan

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The Afghanistan crisis is the outcome of decades of internal conflict and external intervention. No short-term solution will resolve the crisis overnight. The narrow focus on confronting Al-Qaeda and the Taliban through counter-insurgency measures often characterised by aggressive military action, arbitrary detentions, indiscriminate raids and house searches has not only failed to reduce religious extremism, but fuelled local discontent and violence. While escalating the war in Afghanistan will likely make matters worse, simply abandoning the country would lead to another set of serious problems. Stability in Afghanistan requires a comprehensive peace process including all relevant internal actors and neighbours. The first priority in Afghanistan is to provide basic security for the civilian population and the second is to build crucial infrastructure. This is a summary list of all the content in the site categorised within the Afghanistan policy area.

16th
Jun
2014

‘Looking towards the Wales Summit’: “NATO must be a full-spectrum Alliance”

Speech by NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Vershbow at the NATO Defence College in Rome on 13 June 2014

28th
May
2014

Afghanistan is at a pivotal moment says President Obama

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch

25th
May
2014

Alliance at the crossroads

23rd
May
2014

NATO opens regional office in Uzbekistan

By Ian Davis, NATO Watch

13th
May
2014

Report shows Afghan insurgency evolving

A new report released by the International Crisis Group (I
7th
Apr
2014

Rasmussen congratulates Afghans for ’historic’ vote

3rd
Apr
2014

Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Brussels 2 April 2014: “NATO is truly a hub of global security”

By Nigel Chamberlain and Ian Davis, NATO Watch
20th
Mar
2014

Karzai says US and NATO troops not needed in Afghanistan

By Ian Davis, NATO Watch