Afghanistan

As NATO’s mandate in Afghanistan comes to a close, there is expected to be a substantial withdrawal of its International Security Assistant Forces (ISAF) by December 2014. A new and different NATO mission will then advise, train, and assist the Afghan security. As it approach withdrawal, NATO must aid in the creation of sustainable government security and services. However, there are many challenges to achieving this goal. For instance, civilian casualties have risen steeply with the first half of 2013 showing a rise of 24% compared with 2012. Territorial gains from the Taliban must be defended after the withdrawal, which pose a huge risk to the stability of the nation. The ANSF, as of yet, are not adequately prepared for dealing with insurgents by themselves and grossly underfunded. The committee’s mission is to effectively remedying these potential threats as well as secure democratic elections post 2014.

 

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