NATO Strategy in Afghanistan: A New Way ForwardPrintable Version
After a decade of war, the democracies of NATO
need a realistic and sustainable strategy which
will close the gap between stated goals and
achievable ends. The Obama Administration's
discrete ends of defeating al Qaeda have become
disjointed with ways and means. Leaders of NATO
member states must act now or lose the
confidence of their people and watch momentum
grow for a "rush to the exits" that could end
in a Western defeat, victory for the Taliban,
and new life for Al Qaeda.
The Center for National Policy proposes a new way forward, to refocus NATO on core interests: containing transnational threats and sufficient regional stability.
This strategy calls for an accelerated and substantive transition that puts the Afghan government and security forces in the lead across the country and leaves approximately 30,000 NATO and partnered troops in the country by April 2013 under a special operations command structure. It also calls for a bolstered United Nations role in governance and development programs.