Accession Number:

ADA522047

Title:

ISAF and Afghanistan: The Impact of Failure on NATO's Future

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

30.0

Abstract:

Created by the United Nations Security Council in December of 2001 and composed of NATO and NATO partner nations, the International Security Assistance Force ISAF for Afghanistan has expanded from securing only the capital, Kabul, to being responsible for the security of the entire country as of late 2006. Billed as the North Atlantic Treaty Organizations NATO first large out of area mission, the pressure on ISAF to succeed is significant. After 8 years of conflict in Afghanistan, some question whether the ISAF has the capability and durability to see the mission through to completion. Indeed, voting constituencies and governments of the troop-contributing nations have shown increasing weariness and conflict fatigue, especially in the current global economic recession. Other factors, such as national caveats and command and control issues, have presented the predictable additional challenges of coalition operations. This paper will explore the implications for NATO if ISAF were to fail. If ISAF fails, would NATO become militarily irrelevant, politically irrelevant, or both

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE