NATO & EU Peacekeeping

Community Self-Protection Strategies: How Peacekeepers Can Help or Harm

Aditi Gorur
Date Published: 
August 5, 2013

In the face of deliberate violence against civilians, communities often have no one to rely on for protection but themselves. These communities may pursue a wide variety of activities to counter, mitigate, deter or avoid threats. A diverse range of actors has recognized the importance of considering a community's self-protection strategies before intervening. These actors advise that external protection providers should ideally enhance these strategies as appropriate, or at least avoid undermining them.

Once a symbol of new Afghanistan, can policewomen survive?

Published December 19, 2012 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - Shortly after Friba joined the Afghan National Police, she gave herself the nickname "dragon" and vowed to bring law and order to her tormented homeland.

No breakthrough in Afghan peace efforts before 2014: official

Published November 11, 2012 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - Afghanistan's government has failed to secure direct talks with the Taliban and no significant progress is expected before 2014, when most NATO combat troops withdraw, a senior Afghan official closely involved with reconciliation efforts said on Friday.

Afghanistan's government 'could collapse' after 2014 - report

Published October 9, 2012 by BBC News
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A new report on Afghanistan warns that the departure of Nato forces in 2014 could be followed by the government's collapse and even civil war, unless steps are taken now.

Trip To Afghanistan Gives Uncertain Outlook

NPR's Tom Bowman is just back from a month in Afghanistan, where he went out on several missions with U.S. and Afghan security forces. Bowman speaks with host Rachel Martin about what he saw and the way ahead in the war.

NATO chief says 'no intention' to intervene in Syria

Published May 21, 2012 by Agence France Presse
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CHICAGO — NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Sunday voiced concern about violence in Syria, but said the alliance has "no intention" of taking military action against the regime.

As Obama opens NATO summit in Chicago, focus is on winding down Afghanistan war

Published May 21, 2012 by The Washington Post
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CHICAGO — NATO leaders began a two-day summit here Sunday that will finalize plans to turn control of Afghanistan over to its own security forces by the middle of next year, a milestone on the way to concluding the alliance’s combat role by the end of 2014.

NATO to endorse Afghan exit plan, seeks routes out

Published May 21, 2012 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - NATO leaders will endorse plans to hand over combat command in Afghanistan by mid-2013 on Monday and seek practical progress in opening routes to bring an international army of more than 130,000 back home from an unpopular, resource-draining war.

France eager to avoid Nato clash over Afghanistan troop withdrawal

Published May 18, 2012 by The Guardian
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French president François Hollande will move to avoid an international row over his controversial election pledge to withdraw all combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year when he meets Barack Obama at the White House on Friday, according to western officials.

Obama Hosts NATO, Focus on Afghanistan and Alliance Future Global Role

Published May 16, 2012 by Voice of America
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President Barack Obama welcomes NATO leaders to his home town of Chicago this coming weekend for a summit focused on Afghanistan, burden-sharing and other challenges facing the alliance.

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