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Afghanistan in Transition: The Security Context Post-Bin Laden


In 2011 NATO initiated the Inteqal process, i.e. the “transition” of security responsibilities from ISAF to the Afghan state and its security forces. The main pillars of this process are the build up of the Afghan Army and Police and the improvement of Afghanistan’s governance system at both national and local level. Progress has been made in this respect, although challenges remain. NATO aims to complete the transition by 2014, while reducing its military presence in the country, but a substantial Allied footprint is likely to remain in Afghanistan beyond that date. The death of Bin Laden has brought about little changes to the situation on the ground, while it may have a significant impact on the US’s attitude towards peace talks with the Taliban and thus influence the transition timeline and nature.

Questo documento si basa in gran parte su di un lavoro sul campo, incluse interviste e incontri, realizzato dall'autore in Afghanistan tra marzo e aprile 2011 nel quadro del "Transatlantic Opinion Leader Tour Afghanistan" organizzato dalla NATO.