Progress and Challenges to Transition in Afghanistan

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A discussion via video link with Lieutenant General William B Caldwell IV, Commander, NATO Training Mission and Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan.

Lt Gen Caldwell at RUSI

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Ten years into the war in Afghanistan, the Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) has begun to assume the lead for security of its country. For the past 22 months, the Afghans, alongside the men and women of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A), have worked tirelessly to develop their Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police to be capable of providing security across Afghanistan by the end of 2014. 

It is a remarkable story of Afghan progress, as the ANSF currently has the security lead in seven key areas around the country. In his presentation, Lieutenant General Caldwell will discuss how the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police, assisted by NTM-A’s security force assistance, have generated capable forces which continue to grow in quality and professionalism. The next few years are critical to developing the Afghan institutions and systems that will sustain the ANSF for the long-term.

Nearly a fifth of the world’s nations have come together to help Afghanistan make tremendous progress amidst significant challenges. Through the combined efforts of the Afghan security ministries and NTM-A, Afghanistan is on a course that will create renewed opportunities for its people while preventing the country from again becoming a terrorist sanctuary.  

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