A few days ago I confronted a class of politics and law students, their eagerness undimmed by erratic lighting. After all, this was the University of Kabul, not Oxford. Their questions focused on Nato's contribution to their country's security. Their assumptions were familiar. Some reckoned that the coalition was not succeeding, and most seemed unaware that the alliance has twice affirmed its continuing support to Afghanistan after 2014, most recently at Chicago this year.
Their confusion was understandable. The electorates of Nato members are also confused.