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.

18th
Oct
2013

Defence Matters - NATO is a unique force multiplier

Speech by NATO Secretary General Anders Fog

14th
Oct
2013

Prospects for a US-Afghan security agreement enhanced - possibly

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch

10th
Oct
2013

Monthly Press Conference by the Secretary General – 10 October 2013

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch

30th
Sep
2013

Anticipating the October 2013 Defence Ministers Meeting

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch

26th
Sep
2013

NATO Drones - the 'game-changers'

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch

Surveillance drones – for now