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Afghanistan: now you see me?: NATO strategy - building the comprehensive approach

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Jamie Shea Afghanistan: now you see me?: NATO strategy - building the comprehensive approach Report Original citation: Shea, Jamie (2009) Afghanistan: now you see me?: NATO strategy - building the comprehensive approach. IDEAS reports - strategic updates, Kitchen, Nicholas (ed.) SU001. LSE IDEAS, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. This version available at: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/43623/ Originally available from LSE IDEAS Available in LSE Research Online: May 2012 © 2009 The Author LSE has developed LSE Research Online so that users may access research output of the School. Copyright © and Moral Rights for the papers on this site are retained by the individual authors and/or other copyright owners. Users may download and/or print one copy of any article(s) in LSE Research Online to facilitate their private study or for non-commercial research. You may not engage in further distribution of the material or use it for any profit-making activities or any commercial gain. You may freely distribute the URL (http://eprints.lse.ac.uk) of the LSE Research Online website. 6 NATO Strategy - Building the Comprehensive Approach Whether or not one believes that NATO’s future is depend-ent upon the success of its ISAF mission in Afghanistan, it is clear that NATO’s overwhelming priority in 2009 is to obtain more and better results from the massive effort in manpower and money that it has made in that country since 2003. Noth- ing succeeds like success but this is several years off in Afghanistan, given that this country is in a far worse state of destruction and dilapidation than anything the Alliance ever encountered in the Balkans. It has to be built, rather than rebuilt, and virtually from scratch. As the Allies already expe- rienced in intervening in the 1990s in the former Yugoslavia, a real and lasting impact is only achieved when NATO leaders realise that there is no cheap, quick-fix solution and res

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