• International Alert: Conflict Ideas Forum 4, September 2013

    For its 4th Conflict Ideas Forum in June 2013, International Alert convened an informal meeting of representatives of civil society, academia and aid agencies in London. The purpose was to discuss the realities and myths associated with the international military withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014 and its potential consequences on local conflicts within the wider region,with a view to identifying possible peacebuilding interventions.  BAAG Director Jawed Nader participated in these discussions.

    PDF icon Int Alert ConflictIdeasForum4_Summary_ Jun2013.pdf
  • ICJ: Afghanistan's parties in transition; June 2013

    This International Crisis Group report traces the development of political parties in Afghanistan and how they might be affected by the "transition" process.  It says these parties are starting to shed their legacy as armed groups, but their "newfound legitimacy" will face its most serious challenge during the 2014 presidential election and 2015 parliamentary polls.

    PDF icon ICJ Afghanistan's parties in transition June 2013.pdf
  • SIPRI: Decoding Pakistan’s ‘strategic shift’ in Afghanistan; May 2013

    When Pakistan touted a major shift in its Afghan policy in 2012, the move was cautiously welcomed given the influence - and potential spoiling power - Pakistan has displayed in Afghanistan in the past.  This paper, from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, examines what Pakistan's 'strategic shift' entails, what the motives are behind it, and whether it creates any new opportunities for peace in Afghanistan.

    PDF icon Decoding Pakistan’s ‘strategic shift’ in Afghanistan May 2013.pdf
  • SIPRI: Europe, Afghanistan and the Transatlantic Relationship; May 2013

    For a decade Europe and American forces have worked side by side in Afghanistan.  The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute examines the key lessons learned during that time - and their implications for the future ability of the transatlantic partners to cooperate.  It considers what Europe can do, after international forces leave Afghanistan in 2014, to safeguard past achievements and help prevent further conflict.

    PDF icon Europe, Afghanistan and the Transatlantic Relationship May 2013.pdf
  • USIP: Police Transition in Afghanistan, February 2013

    The United States Institute of Peace says the Afghan National Police appears unlikely to be able to enforce the rule of law following the 2014 international troop withdrawal because of its configuration as a militarised counterinsurgency force in the fight against the Taliban.  The report says there is still no consensus on the future size and mission of the police and no certainty about future sources of the funding, training, and equipment required. It urges the United States and the international community to urgently address the challenge of transforming the ANP from a counterinsurgency force into a police service capable of enforcing the rule of law.

    PDF icon Police Transition in Afghanistan Feb. 2013.pdf
  • World Bank: Afghanistan in Transition: Looking Beyond 2014, May 2012

     This report explores the ramifications which transition -the withdrawal of most international troops by 2014 - will have on Afghanistan's economic and development fabric.  It points out that the decline in external assistance will have widespread repercussions for Afghanistan’s political and economic landscape well beyond 2014..

    PDF icon World Bank Afghanistan in Transition May 2012.pdf
  • Carnegie Papers: Waiting for the Taliban in Afghanistan, September 2012

    This report, by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, argues that the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan will in some respects leave the country worse off that it was before the fall of the Taliban in 2001.  It  suggests that in 2013 and 2014 Afghanistan could face economic, security and institutional crises.  It outlines a series of post-2014 scenarios, including possible regime collapse or political fragmentation, along with policy recommendations for the US government.

    PDF icon Carnegie Papers Waiting for the Taliban in Afghanistan Sept 2012.pdf
  • CSIS: Afghanistan: The Uncertain Economics of Transition, April 2012

    Anthony Cordesman's report acknowledges that there are many different challenges facing US, allied and Afghan efforts to accomplish a successful transition.  However, he argues that the economics of transition – and the level of future US and other donor military and civil aid efforts – are critical if the process is to have any chance of creating a reasonable level of post-2014 security and stability.

    PDF icon The Uncertain Economics of Transition April 2012.pdf
  • USIP: Paying Afghanistan's Security Forces During Transition, April 2012

    Development economist William Byrd, who has worked extensively in Afghanistan, compiled this report for the United States Institute of Peace. He argues that it's essential to have clear commitments and arrangements to pay for Afghanistan’s national security forces (ANSF) during transition and post-2014.

    PDF icon Paying Afghanistan's Security Forces During Transition April 2012.pdf
  • US Department of Defence: Progress Towards Security & Stability in Afghanistan, April 2012

    The Defence Department 'Report on Progress Towards Security & Stability in Afghanistan: United States Plan for Sustaining the Afghanistan National Security Forces'.  This is the latest update in a regular series of reports begun in June 2008.  

    PDF icon Progress Towards Security & Stability in Afghanistan April 2012.pdf
  • Conclusions, International Conference on Afghanistan, Bonn, December 2011

    PDF icon The intl Afg Conference in Bonn 5 Dec 2011 - conf conclusions.pdf
  • ENNA/VENRO: Bonn - Priorities for action, December 2011

    Joint NGO position paper for Bonn Conference, signed by BAAG, European networks of NGOs working in Afghanistan and individual aid agencies.

    PDF icon Venro_PositionspaperAfghanistan-Bonn Conf final.pdf
  • Istanbul Process on Regional Security and Cooperation for a Secure and Stable Afghanistan, November 2011

    Declaration from Afghan government and neighbouring countries.

    PDF icon Istanbul Process Nov 2 2011.pdf
  • DFID: Afghanistan Operational Plan 2011- 2015, May 2011

    Summary of the Department of International Development’s planned work in Afghanistan during transition, including project aims, partners and methodology.

    PDF icon DFID afghanistan-2011-5-summary.pdf
  • US Department of Defence: Progress Towards Security & Stability in Afghanistan, April 2011

    The Defence Department 'Report on Progress Towards Security & Stability in Afghanistan: United States Plan for Sustaining the Afghanistan National Security Forces'.  This is an update to a regular series of reports begun in June 2008. 

    PDF icon US DoD Report Progress Security and Stability Apr2011.pdf