May 25, 2012

Afghan Collapse Is Not Inevitable

Scott Baldauf, Christian Science Monitor

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In August 2010, when the Netherlands pulled 1,900 soldiers out of the Afghan province of Urozgan, NATO officials played down the significance of the withdrawal. Dutch Gen. Peter van Uhm praised his troops for restoring peace to their area, but admitted that “a lot still has to happen” in Afghanistan to guarantee the peace.


Today, as newly elected French President François Hollande visits 3,500 French troops based in the Afghan province of Kapisa, preparing them for an early departure by the end of 2012, NATO officials are wearing the brave face again. At the Afghan summit in Chicago, no NATO official publicly criticized the French leader’s decision following a decisive victory for Hollande’s party, which had promised an early exit from...

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May 20, 2012
NATO's Enduring Ties to Afghanistan
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Politico
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Chicago on Saturday and Sunday will chart the course of our future engagement in Afghanistan. We plan to spell out the details of our current mission's last stage, and then turn... more ››
May 20, 2012
To Survive, NATO Must Globalize
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Project Syndicate
The immediate topic on the agenda in Chicago next week will be getting NATO forces out of Afghanistan. But the longer-term subject will be getting as many countries as possible into the global NATO security network. more ››
Memo to Europe: Pay your share to help a fledgling Afghan government defend itself against insurgency, and to defend yourself. more ››
May 21, 2012
How Long Until the Taliban Return?
David Ignatius, Washington Post
A veteran U.S. diplomat who has helped plan many NATO summits over the years was offering a wager the other day, and the bet was this: How many years after NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014 will it take before the... more ››