||Build-up of Afghan security forces ill advised / Helge Lurås.
||Oslo, Norway : Norwegian Peacebuilding Centre, 2010.
||7 p. ; 30 cm.
||(Noref policy brief ; no. 1).
Summary: “A well-functioning government is a prerequisite for any successful counter-insurgency strategy and good governance is unlikely to be established in Afghanistan any time soon. As a consequence, the plans for the build-up of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) must be adjusted. This build-up is not only an exit strategy; it is a cover for a “graceful exit”, serving a perceptual function in western publics. But in counter-insurgency theory a disconnect between governance and security is anathema. The end-state projection of 400,000 soldiers and police is unsustainable and ill-adapted to Afghanistan’s socio-economic and political foundations. Furthermore, the continued growth of centralized and corrupt security forces could very well lead to increased resistance. The ANSF – like any armed force – is in dire need of a credible and motivating cause, simply to avoid disintegration. President Barack Obama has taken some useful steps in readjusting threat perceptions emanating from Afghanistan. But this must be followed by a realignment of the current plans for the ANSF.” (Summary).
Includes bibliographical references.
||Internal security – Afghanistan.
Afghanistan. Afghan National Army.
Police – Afghanistan.
National security – Afghanistan.
Afghanistan – Armed Forces.
Military assistance, American - Afghanistan.
||http://english.nupi.no/Activities/Departments/Department-of-Security-and-Conflict-Management/Nyheter/Build-up-of-Afghan-security-forces-ill-advised (accessed 29 March 2010)