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The new Afghan army project: wrong, risky, oversized

(BRUSSELS2) The priority given by ISAF to double the size of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) is “ false " and can " even jeopardize future democratic progress in Afghanistan » underlines a study by the European Union Security Institute which has just been published. Going against the dominant ideas currently developed by NATO, the Europeans and the United States in Afghanistan, this report is severe but is based on several fundamental arguments: financial, strategic and philosophical.

First of all, the format of the security forces “represents an additional burden on the country in a likely context of a reduction in international resources”. Then, the result is unlikely to be there. “ Not only has the quality of training and equipment been neglected so far, but also the fundamental concept of civil policing ". In the long term, the excessive development of an armed force of this size poses a major problem. “ The emergence of an emerging military capability in a vacuum can even threaten democracy. The Afghan state must be able to control its security forces ". Which does not seem to be the case now.

Download the study: Afghanistan 2011-2014 and beyond: from support operations to sustainable peace

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).