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.

31st
May
2013

Mission to bolster relations with Pakistan and keep Afghan exit route open

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch

21st
May
2013

Afghanistan is NATO's highest operational priority

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch

19th
May
2013

Afghan Forces will need continuing NATO support for years to come

 but Russia demands a UN mandate

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch

15th
May
2013

What progress on the post-2014 Afghan Security Agreement?

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch

1st
May
2013

Momentum gathering behind Georgia joining NATO

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch

26th
Apr
2013

ISAF Commander's Statement on Security Situation in Afghanistan

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch

25th
Apr
2013

US Ambassador to NATO hosts Trilateral Talks

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch

24th
Apr
2013

NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (23 April 2013)

The Secretary General had a lot to say but little of substance on what actually went on behind closed doors