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.

26th
Feb
2010

The NATO Defence Ministerial in Bratislava: More Shovels for Afghanistan and Missile Defences for Europe

Original publication date: 
Tue, 11/03/2009 (All day)

NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Bratislava on October 22-23 agreed a revised set of key priorities for Afghanistan over the next 18 months together with a new stra

26th
Feb
2010

NATO’s ‘avoidance’ of civilian harm needs measuring

Original publication date: 
Tue, 11/03/2009 (All day)

On 22 October NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen posted a

26th
Feb
2010

NATO’s new counterinsurgency guidance for Afghanistan: from kinetic to human security?

Original publication date: 
Mon, 09/21/2009 (All day)

20th
Jan
2010

Vigilante justice in the Af-Pak region

Original publication date: 
Sat, 06/27/2009 - 01:00

The US president's denunciation of the violence in Tehran (Report, 24 June) might carry more moral authority if his administration stopped carrying out vigilante justice in the Af-Pak region (US missi

20th
Jan
2010

Illegal air attacks in Afghanistan

Original publication date: 
Thu, 05/14/2009 - 01:00

Barack Obama's national security adviser, Gen James Jones, rules out ending air and drone strikes in Afghanistan on the grounds that "we can't fight with one hand tied behind our back" (Phosphorus cla

20th
Jan
2010

How many Afghans must be subjugated?

Original publication date: 
Tue, 12/16/2008 (All day)

The Guardian, Tuesday 16 December 2008