January 4, 2013

10,000 Troops Not Enough for Afghanistan

Institute for the Study of War, Institute for the Study of War

AP Photo

The Afghan National Army (ANA) is arguably the most respected institution in Afghanistan. Keeping it that way as it becomes more self-sufficient will contribute to all of NATO’S post-2014 strategic aims: improving governmental legitimacy and creating an environment for economic progress and reconciliation, as well as continuing counter-terrorist operations within Afghanistan and the region. NATO political and military leaders should be brutally honest with themselves as to the actual requirement associated with ANA development beyond 2014, and they must avoid a dangerous pitfall endemic in this kind of decision. Maintaining the ANA’s positive developmental trajectory is a necessary component to both NATO’s and America’s post 2014 strategy.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: NATO, Afghanistan

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

January 10, 2013
Karzai Needs West More than He Thinks
The National
American drones are still in the skies above Afghanistan, US troops are still on the ground and Afghan prisoners still languish in US-controlled prisons. What, then, could a spokesman for Hamid Karzai, the country's ... more ››
January 20, 2013
Is Mali NATO's Problem?
John Metzler, Korea Times
Regions of a vast landlocked country, remote but strategic, has fallen under the control of al-Qaida terrorists and fundamentalist forces. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled a regime which persecutes women, imposes... more ››
January 14, 2013
Will the West Regret Overthrowing Gaddafi?
James Blitz, The World
Will France, Britain and the US come to regret their decision to topple Colonel Muammar Gaddafi? Nearly two years after these three states began their mission to remove the Libyan leader, the question is one which some... more ››
January 19, 2013
Mali Could Blow Up Transatlantic Ties
Jim Hoagland, Washington Post
Mali poses more than just a threat to Africa, cooperation between U.S. and Europe is also on the line. more ››
January 9, 2013
Leaving Afghanistan: A Lesson from USSR
Daveed Gartenstein, Atlantic
One unique feature of Afghanistan's history, in addition to the ubiquity of foreign invasions that stretch back for 2600 years, is the manner in which one would-be conqueror after another found its position compromised due to its... more ››