NATO’s engagement in Afghanistan has been the most demanding mission in the alliance history. While NATO confirmed its reliability as a multilateral organization with extraordinary capabilities to project military power even in distant and far-reaching theatres of war, Afghanistan represents a unique case in which the alliance faced new challenges not comparable with other post-Cold War missions. The chapter delves into the peculiarities which distinguish NATO’s involvement in Afghanistan from the interventions in the Balkans and then in Libya: the lately engagement after the US-led mission; the concurrent presence of peace-keeping and counterterrorist operations; the unprecedented transformation during the mission from peace-keeping to counter-insurgency. Grasping such uniqueness is the starting point to better appreciate the impact that the long war in Afghanistan may have for the alliance’s future.

NATO and the Impact of the Long War in Afghanistan: Avoiding a Wrong Memory About ISAF / A. Carati - In: NATO in the Post-Cold War Era : Continuity and Transformation / [a cura di] M. De Leonardis. - [s.l] : Palfrave McMillan, 2022 Dec. - ISBN 978-3-031-06062-5. - pp. 181-198 [10.1007/978-3-031-06063-2_9]

NATO and the Impact of the Long War in Afghanistan: Avoiding a Wrong Memory About ISAF

A. Carati
2022

Abstract

NATO’s engagement in Afghanistan has been the most demanding mission in the alliance history. While NATO confirmed its reliability as a multilateral organization with extraordinary capabilities to project military power even in distant and far-reaching theatres of war, Afghanistan represents a unique case in which the alliance faced new challenges not comparable with other post-Cold War missions. The chapter delves into the peculiarities which distinguish NATO’s involvement in Afghanistan from the interventions in the Balkans and then in Libya: the lately engagement after the US-led mission; the concurrent presence of peace-keeping and counterterrorist operations; the unprecedented transformation during the mission from peace-keeping to counter-insurgency. Grasping such uniqueness is the starting point to better appreciate the impact that the long war in Afghanistan may have for the alliance’s future.
Nato; Afghanistan; Isaf; War on Terror
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