As the December 2014 deadline for the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan approaches, it is already clear that NATO's future footprint in the country will be markedly smaller. This report explores the importance of ISAF to the alliance between Europe and the United States. The author argues that, as Europe ponders its post-2014 role in Afghanistan, it is imperative that it considers its future role as a global actor within the context of the transatlantic relationship.
This paper is published under the Wider Central Asia Initiative, a two-year SIPRI project to promote and facilitate dialogue among the main external stakeholders in Afghanistan's future. The initiative is funded by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
2. Afghanistan: a test for the transatlantic community
3. In search of a sustainable transition strategy
4. Supporting Afghanistan's 'transformation decade'
5. Europe and the United States beyond 2014
6. Conclusions and recommendations
Decoding Pakistan's 'Strategic Shift' in Afghanistan, by Moeed Yusuf (May 2013)
Iran's Policy on Afghanistan: The Evolution of Strategic Pragmatism, by Bruce Koepke (Sep. 2013)
Relations between Afghanistan and Central Asian states after 2014: Incentives, Constraints and Prospects, by Nargis Kassenova (May 2014)
About the author
Erik Brattberg (Sweden) is a Research Analyst at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), Stockholm. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
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