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Afghanistan halfway through the transition phase: shortcomings of the security transition and remaining options for NATO

Afghanistan am Scheitelpunkt der Transitionsphase: Defizite im Übergabeprozess und verbleibende Optionen westlicher Politik

Wörmer, Nils

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract Progress with regard to building up Afghanistan’s National Security Forces, improving the governance performance of the incumbent regime, pursuing a domestic peace process, cooperating with Afghanistan’s neighbors (particularly Pakistan and Iran), and creating prospects for economic development have been defined as preconditions for the successful transition of security responsibilities in Afghanistan. However, one and a half years after the security transition phase was officially launched by the Afghan government, NATO has been experiencing severe difficulties in the outlined fields of activity. US policy and NATO’s strategy toward Afghanistan seem at least partly deadlocked. Western policymakers have few remaining options for the second half of the security transition in Afghanistan. These include focusing on the two key players in the Afghan conflict, namely strengthening the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and weakening the senior leadership of the Afghan Taleban. (author's abstract)
Keywords NATO; international security; Afghanistan; stabilization; governance; peace process; international cooperation; corruption; foreign policy; islamism; democratization; military presence; transition
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy; International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
City Berlin
Page/Pages 4 p.
Series SWP Comments, 02/2013
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications