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.

14th
Mar
2014

Canada completes military mission in Afghanistan

By Ian Davis NATO Watch

28th
Feb
2014

Summary of NATO Defence Ministers Meeting, Brussels - 26-27 February 2014

This would seem to have been a relatively successful Ministerial with minds collectively focused on how best to cope with the uncertainties thrown up by an inability to plan effectively for operati

25th
Feb
2014

Defence Ministers’ Primer – Resolute Support in the balance

By Nigel Chamberlain and Ian Davis, NATO Watch

27th
Jan
2014

Meeting of Defence Chiefs of Staff and NATO commanders

The attached briefing paper presents an overview of the 170th NATO Chiefs of Defence meeting, which took place at NATO HQ, Brussels on 22-23 January 2014.

12th
Jan
2014

US bilateral security talks with Afghanistan continue to stall

By Ian Davis, NATO Watch

23rd
Dec
2013

NATO and Afghanistan start talks on post-2014 mission pact

By Ian Davis, NATO Watch

17th
Dec
2013

Rasmussen's term extended by a further two months

By Ian Davis, NATO Watch

26th
Nov
2013

US-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement still in the balance

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch