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.

5th
Feb
2013

Challenges to State-building Efforts in Fragile States: Lessons from Afghanistan post 2001

The attached paper reviews some of the major challenges faced by the international community during its endeavour of state-building in fragile states, with a particular focus on state-building ef
20th
Jan
2013

Agreement on troop withdrawals from Afghanistan remain elusive

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch

14th
Jan
2013

Afghan Peace Volunteer, Raz Mohammad, speaks out on drones

By Hakim and the Afghan Peace Volunteers, 11 January 2013

12th
Dec
2012

Pentagon Report on ‘Progress’ in Afghanistan

7th
Dec
2012

Red Lines and Deadlines

Original publication date: 
Fri, 12/07/2012 (All day)

A Summary of the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Brussels (4-5 December 2012)

7th
Nov
2012

No fireworks at the November press conference

26th
Oct
2012

Flying visit to Afghanistan reinforces NATO commitment but Russia remains unconvinced

By Nigel Chamberlain, NATO Watch