When searching for information on this topic, potentially useful keywords to use include :
- Afghanistan transition
- International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
- NATO Training Mission
- Afghanistan (NTM-A)
- Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF)
- surge recovery
- recovery of surge forces in Afghanistan
- "Resolute Support"
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From the NATO and Afghanistan: through transition and beyond topic page:
NATO’s primary objective in Afghanistan is to enable the Afghan authorities to provide effective security across the country in order to ensure Afghanistan can never again be a safe haven for terrorists. To achieve this goal, the 50 nations that make up the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) conduct security operations and train and develop the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).
NATO and the Afghan Government have a clear road map to achieve this objective through the Transition process, or Inteqal in Dari and Pashtu. Transition is the process by which security responsibility for Afghanistan is gradually transitioned from ISAF to Afghan leadership. Implementation is well underway with Afghan forces in the lead for security for around 50% of the Afghan population. The aim is for the Afghan Security Forces to have full responsibility for security across the country by 2014, in line with the target set at the NATO summit in Lisbon in 2010.
As the Afghan National Army and Police grow in size and strength they are taking an ever-increasing lead in the conduct of security operations across Afghanistan. This enables the NATO-ISAF mission to evolve from leading combat operations to providing training, advice and assistance to the ANSF. How NATO Allies and ISAF partners will pursue this effort until 2014 and beyond will be at the core of discussions at the NATO summit in Chicago.
At the end of December 2012, President Karzai announced: the fourth group of Afghan provinces, cities and districts to undergo transition in the coming months. With this decision, the Afghan security forces would be taking the lead for security for 87% of the Afghan population and 23 of the 34 Afghan provinces. (Source: NATO Secretary General welcomes Afghan transition announcement, 31 December 2012)
This LibGuide is intended to provide a few starting points to assist you with your research on issues related to this topic.
Good places to start your research include :
- the NATO portal on NATO in Afghanistan
- the NATO Topic pages on:
- Inteqal: Transition to Afghan lead
- NATO and Afghanistan: Through Transition and Beyond
- NATO's role in Afghanistan
- ISAF's mission in Afghanistan
- the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) website
- the NATO Training Mission Afghanistan (NTM-A) website
- Declaration by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on an Enduring Partnership signed at the NATO Summit in Lisbon, Portugal (20 November 2010)
- the NATO LibGuide on Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan
- the Backgrounders on:
- ISAF Mission Evolution (October 2012)
- Afghan National Security Forces (April 2012)
- Transition to Afghan lead: Inteqal (April 2012)
- Afghanistan and NATO's Enduring Partnership (2011)
- the NATO Review pages on:
- Afghanistan 2011 versus Afghanistan 2001: the same country?
- ''No Trainers? No Transition'' - LTG Bill Caldwell outlines why he sees trainers as holding the key to Afghanistan’s future (NATO Review 2010)
- NATO in Afghanistan: Media Backgrounders (Press Products from Previous Ministerial and Summit Meetings)
- Map reflecting T4 announcement on 31 Dec. 2012 (Map (.JPG/1Mb)