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International Security Assistance Force (Afghanistan)

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Works: 134 works in 209 publications in 5 languages and 8,539 library holdings
Genres: Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Pictorial works  Periodicals  Maps  History  Personal narratives‡vCroatian  Newspapers 
Classifications: JN30.R47, 958.1047
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Afghanistan on the bounce by Robert L Cunningham( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What was it like to serve in Afghanistan? That is the question civilians often ask returning servicemembers of the armed forces. "Afghanistan: On the Bounce" brilliantly conveys the full range of the troops' experiences--on patrol, in combat, in the chow line, and in religious services--through photographs, stories, diagrams, and removable ephemera. As a documentation/production specialist in Afghanistan, photographer Robert L. Cunningham accompanied soldiers of 40 different units on 132 combat missions, following them during their typical on-base routines as well as into hazardous situations. Here are detailed examinations of the servicemembers' weapons, uniforms, vehicles, and gear, along with reflections on duty, insights into valor and heroism, and clear-eyed humor about life on deployment
Commander's initial assessment by International Security Assistance Force (Afghanistan)( )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Afghanistan 2011-2014 and beyond : from support operations to sustainable peace : joint report by Luis Peral( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There is a general sense of urgency among experts regarding the situation in Afghanistan. The period of transition that is currently underway is seen as a last opportunity to create the necessary conditions for transforming international support in a way that reinforces a viable democratic state. The key lies in transforming what is basically a foreign military operation into a peacebuilding operation led by the Afghan government and the UN backed by international support, including military support if necessary, but always subordinate to civilian authorities. Thus, as the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) scales down, the EU and the US must work closely and intensively together, starting with supporting a strengthening of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), along the following lines. The priority given by ISAF to doubling the size of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) is misguided and may even jeopardise future democratic progress in Afghanistan, since it represents an extra burden on the country in a likely context of a reduction of international resources. Not only has quality of training and equipment so far been disregarded, but so also has the fundamental concept of civilian police. The international community still needs to confront the issue of a civilian component for the ANSF in its training and long-term practice, as well as the issue of accountability. Military capacity emerging in a vacuum can even threaten democracy. The Afghan state must be able to control its security forces, which in turn requires that national institutions are legitimate, and perceived as such by the population. While the bulk of international assistance to Afghanistan has been allocated to traditional security schemes, only a marginal amount of effort has been directed to strengthening local governance and institutions. The unbalanced approach of the international community has thus relegated development and governance together with civilian leadership of international action to a secondary role. In these circumstances, ISAF cannot be considered as just a security actor that is leading a strictly security transition, since it has in fact behaved as a political as well as an economic actor. As a consequence, the Afghan government may not survive an imminent withdrawal of ISAF unless the international community offers support also in the political and economic fields. It may well be that no reconciliation is feasible in Afghanistan unless a profound constitutional and political reform is carried out, including a devolution process by which the government relinquishes some of its concentrated power. However, in spite of it being necessary and urgent, there is no clear vision for a transition in Afghanistan : accountability, mutual confidence and reliance are lacking. Political elites have contributed, with the collaboration or acquiescence of international actors, to rampant corruption in Afghanistan. In order for a transition to be successful, the international community should moreover help overcome the lack of political leadership in Afghanistan. In the socio-economic realm, the lack of job opportunities for up to one million young people, of whom only five percent have access to university education, has indeed become the most important problem for Afghanistan. Even if corruption is pervasive, the international community should considerably increase assistance channeled through the government. There is no other way for the government to acquire legitimacy, but also there is no other way to hold the government accountable both to Afghans and international donors. It is essential therefore to work intensively on accountability mechanisms, both local and international. At the local level, though, accountability is ultimately dependent on Afghan judicial institutions. No improvements in any other field will be accomplished in the absence of an independent judiciary, which should of course integrate traditional justice mechanisms. Again, support to the judiciary has been neglected for a decade, which will have an impact on many different fields, including jeopardising attempts to attract private sector investments that in turn provide sustainable employment and economic development. Furthermore, there is little hope of upholding human and particularly women{u2019}s rights without competent and independent judicial institutions. Considering also the direct and indirect impact that the scaling down of ISAF will have on the local economy, the viability of the Afghan state ultimately depends on its capacity to generate revenues. Afghanistan{u2019}s natural resources, with an estimated value of some three trillion dollars, and the possibilities of boosting its {u2018}real{u2019} economy remain, however, largely unexplored. New initiatives need to be set up that allow for a sustainable, balanced and non-corrupt exploitation of the country{u2019}s plentiful natural resources away from the dangers of the {u2018}resources curse{u2019}, but channeled to the benefit of the Afghan population as a whole. The concept and framework for economic regeneration needs to be articulated by Afghans, aided by support mechanisms from the outside. A note of caution should be sounded here however: exploitation of these mineral resources is not likely to yield benefits during the next five years, a timeframe which is absolutely crucial for the consolidation of the Afghan state. The regional context is still not conducive towards a political settlement in Afghanistan. Its neighbours seem ready to assert their influence and, as a result, the Afghan civil war could drag on. Pakistan is in this sense central to the counterinsurgency, but the present US strategy is not enhancing the positive role that Pakistan might play in the search for a political solution. The security-oriented operation represents again an obstacle to peacebuilding in the region. The greater involvement of China, not just in economic terms, seems necessary in this connection. Moreover, the central position of Afghanistan in Asia needs to be transformed into a peace factor, with initiatives such as the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) being substantially supported
Ṣadā-yi āzādī = Da āzāday ghaẓh( )

in Persian and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publication of the International Security Assistance Force of Afghanistan
ISAF IX : 4th May 2006-4th February 2007( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letter dated 2002/03/14 from the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Transmits report on the activities of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, pursuant to para. 9 of Security Council resolution 1386 (2001)
International Security Assistance Force : the NATO mission in Afghanistan( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

ISAF 3( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

ISAF mirror( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Visitors handbook( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Misija Afganistan : tragom misije : ISAF III : Kaboul 18. veljače - 28. kolovaza 2003 by Ivan Filipović( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in Croatian and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The security Council and State-sponsored international terrorism: the discourse and its international legal implications : (a case study of documents relating to Afghanistan: 1999-2002) by International Security Assistance Force (Afghanistan)( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Tactical directive( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Change of command ceremony HQ - ISAF( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

ISAF expansion : [Afghanistan] by International Security Assistance Force (Afghanistan)( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Évaluation initiale de la situation élaborée par le Comfias by International Security Assistance Force (Afghanistan)( )

in French and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

ISAF regional commands & PRT locations : [Afghanistan] by International Security Assistance Force (Afghanistan)( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Increased security operations in Farah Province : operation turtle, 22 June 2006( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Afghan national security forces : what it will take to implement the ISAF strategy
Alternative Names
FIAS

International Security Assistance Force

Internationale Sicherheitsunterstützungstruppe in Afghanistan

ISAF

ISAF (International Security Assistance Force (Afghanistan))

Kumak aw Hamkārī (Afghanistan)

Międzynarodowa Siła Wsparcia Bezpieczeństwa

Międzynarodowe Siły Wsparcia Bezpieczeństwa NATO

NATO International Security Assistance Force

NATO Internationale Sicherheitsunterstützungstruppe in Afghanistan

NATO ISAF

North Atlantic Treaty Organization International Security Assistance Force (Afghanistan)

Severoatlantická aliance. International Security Assistance Force (Afghánistán)

Vereinte Nationen International Security Assistance Force

Vereinte Nationen Internationale Sicherheitsunterstützungstruppe in Afghanistan

Vereinte Nationen ISAF

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