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18 Aug 2010 description

Afghanistan has long been an arena of global competition as well as localized conflict.

02 Aug 2010 description

Some US officials are backing away from the idea that the July 2011 deadline set by President Obama will mark a major drawdown of US forces from Afghanistan.

24 Sep 2009 description

Since the fall of the Taliban, changing administrations under Karzai's have disappointed the Afghan expectations, and August elections and evidence of fraud prompt urgent questions of credibility, Michael F Harsch and Rani D Mullen comment for ISN Security Watch.

By Michael F Harsch and Rani D Mullen for ISN Security Watch

When polling stations closed in Afghanistan on 20 August 2009, incumbent President Hamid Karzai and the western allies were quick to hail the elections a success.

21 Sep 2009 description

As the security situation deteriorates in Afghanistan, the US-led coalition is reviewing a new initiative in the form of local militias to restore security in its restive provinces, Anuj Chopra writes for ISN Security Watch.

By Anuj Chopra in Jalrez District, Afghanistan for ISN Security Watch

The Afghan Police Protection Program, or AP3, was launched in March across four districts of Wardak province in central Afghanistan.

08 Sep 2009 description

A key challenge for the international effort in Afghanistan is to nurture a credible government there to eventually lead the coalition's military campaign against the Taliban, but growing election doubts make that goal elusive, Shaun Waterman writes for ISN Security Watch.

19 Aug 2009 description

As the Taliban make clear their ability to disrupt the crucial presidential poll, voters, under threat of their lives, are unsure whether they're willing to risk death for the democratic process, Anuj Chopra writes for ISN Security Watch.

By Anuj Chopra in Logar Province, Afghanistan for ISN Security Watch

About a week ago, when Afghan President Hamid Karzai was releasing his manifesto in Kabul in the run-up to the 20 August presidential elections, 70 kilometers away, the Taliban clearly demonstrated their sabotage capabilities.

A group of Taliban fighters - some disguised as …

12 Aug 2009 description

Despite the adjustments to the International Humanitarian Law, the basic application of the Geneva Conventions, which are celebrating their 60th birthday, still constitutes a major challenge as the example of the Afghanistan conflict shows, Georg-Sebastian Holzer writes for ISN Security Watch.

By Georg-Sebastian Holzer for ISN Security Watch

One hundred and fifty years ago, 38,000 soldiers and civilians died on the battlefield of Solferino. The Swiss civilian Henry Dunant witnessed the battle in person.

21 Feb 2007 description

The most commonly agreed upon definition of a child soldier is based on the "Cape Town Principles" from 1997 and describes a child soldier as "any person under 18 years of age who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force or armed group in any capacity, including but not limited to cooks, porters, messengers and anyone accompanying such groups, other than family members.

06 Sep 2006 description

NATO's mission in southern Afghanistan, the alliance's first land deployment outside Europe, is proving its toughest yet.

24 Nov 2005 description

ISN SECURITY WATCH (24/11/05) -- The Uzbek authorities' decision to expel NATO troops from its territory by 1 January is being viewed as a direct reaction to an EU arms embargo and Western criticism of the government's brutal crackdown in May on demonstrators in the city of Andijan.