In anticipation of the January 28, 2010 international conference on Afghanistan in London (sponsored by the United Nations), the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress’ new initiative, Mobilizing NATO for Afghanistan and Pakistan: Ensuring the Alliance’s Future, released its first report on how the Alliance can maximize its contributions and more effectively and efficiently conduct the Afghan and Pakistan effort. This report identifies areas of immediate reform that would strengthen the international coalition while also examining key capacities NATO allies have yet to deploy to Afghanistan that would turn the tide against the extremist insurgency.
The report was released on January 26, 2010 at an event on Capitol Hill that was co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. The event featured preeminent expert on Afghanistan, Bruce Riedel, former Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and former Special Envoy to the Afghan Opposition and Bonn Conference, Ambassador James Dobbins, former Secretary of Defense Representative to Europe, former Defense Advisor to the U.S. Mission to NATO, Bruce Weinrod, and former NATO Ambassadors David Abshire, Robert Hunter and Kurt Volker.
This report is the first in a series focusing on NATO and Afghanistan and Pakistan
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Update: Following the release of the initial report, the Center’s NATO Expert Advisory Group undertook an assessment of the danger to Europe and the transatlantic community posed by extremist groups based in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This assessment highlights the critical nature of NATO’s mission in Afghanistan, and the costs of failure in the region. Our goal is to convince NATO member states and publics of the need to adequately resource the Afghan mission and remove operational hindrances covered in the Center’s first report.
The following assessment is divided into two parts. Part one identifies the wider regional and strategic danger posed by militants operating in South and Central Asia. Part two, which will be released in the coming days, examines terrorist groups based in the region and the danger they pose to Europe and the transatlantic community.
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