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.

23rd
Sep
2013

US-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement discussions make progress - possibly

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch

18th
Sep
2013

NATO’s supply lines through Pakistan and inside Afghanistan come under increasing pressure from Taliban attacks

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch

10th
Sep
2013

Rasmussen bangs the drum for Europe to do more, everywhere

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch

9th
Sep
2013

Afghanistan 2014: Preparing for the Humanitarian Transition

A summary and review by Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch

Introduction

30th
Jul
2013

SACUR calls for greater defence spending in Europe

and for a security agreement with Afghanistan

27th
Jun
2013

EU and NATO agree to work together in Afghanistan post-2014

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch