• Beating a Retreat: Prospects for the Transition Process in Afghanistan

Beating a Retreat: Prospects for the Transition Process in Afghanistan

16 May 2012

This new report from Afghanistan Analysts Network explores the complexities - and potential risks - surrounding the transition process in Afghanistan.

The report, by Barbara Stapleton, a former Senior Political Advisor to the Special Representative of the EU for Afghanistan, has been released only days before NATO leaders meet in Chicago to discuss Afghanistan's security transition and prospects for continued engagement. 

It describes how the international intervention in Afghanistan has veered from ‘too little too late’ in its crucial early years, to one of ‘too much too late’

It says that as the US and its NATO allies prepare to withdraw the bulk of their forces by 2014, concerns are mounting over the formidable challenges facing the transition and whether it will succeed in delivering its objective: a self-sustaining Afghan state.

The report, based on extensive interviews with those directly involved in the transition strategy, raises critical questions.  It argues that a hasty implementation without the necessary conditions in place increases the risk of the Afghan state’s collapse and with it, the prospect of strategic failure for NATO.

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