NATO Contemplates In Lisbon By Arrey Mbongaya Ivo
NATO,US, Russia summit in Lisbon..The future of NATO IN Afghanistan
Author: Arrey Mbongaya Ivo Organization: African Centre for Community and Development
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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NATO Contemplates in Lisbon
By Arrey Mbongaya Ivo
African Centre for Community and Development
NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) is an intergovernmental
military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on 4
April 1949. Since then it has evolved from just a little over a political club
to an effective weapon for collective defence of her member states. Pushed
by past realities like the Korean war, the Soviet Union, the collapse of the
Berlin Wall and modern realities of Iraq and Afghanistan and the
complexities of funding wars in a religious and politico-economic divided
and volatile world, the organization is presently conducting a self-x-ray of
its being as well as contemplation of its future in Lisbon.
Among key considerations is Afghanistan. NATO is considering handing
over the control of certain areas to Afghan forces. Among possible handouts
is Herat and among possible worries are fears of the reemergence of
prowling and waiting Taliban after NATO walkout.
Fears reign within the block of possible punitive sanctions on collaborators
with coalition forces headed by the US. Potential victims in this case are
bread winners, women and children as well as some tribal leaders that have
so far aided the strategic mission of the organization in certain areas of the
Another key point for contemplation lies in questions; can there be a military
solution to the war in Afghanistan or the war on terror? Is there enough
public support among the populations in member countries for a more
prolonged war? Another question is at what cost is victory achievable?
While stating clearly that moderation is what the greater bulk of humanity
seeks in her mandated governments, the virtue remains unplanted in many
places and dismissed by politicians and strategic businesses that benefit
sometimes from a more polarized globe.
Recently the UK has backed moves to reduce command positions in the
country hence supporting incidentally a gradual but certain pullout of NATO
forces from the country. The pullout may be on a timeline probably
advocated by Afghan president, Hamid Karzai recently.
Another issue lies on the actual date of pull out especially as many countries
seem unwilling to prolong their stay in the war ravaged nation. This comes
amidst austerity measures in certain member states and the still looming
impacts of global economic crises that has stepped up unemployment and
reduced social benefits in other countries. More so, will the walk out be
staged to suit important political and electoral calendars?
Recent suggestions of a rift between the US and her major ally Pakistan
buttress urgency for withdrawal even though the governments of both
countries vehemently deny any cracks in their ties.
What ever the case, NATO is expected to contemplate on how to meet
modern challenges like a remerging Russia with conflictful interests with the
US over Georgia, Ukraine or over a nuclear defence shield in mainland
NATO must seek more funding from her European partners that in many
cases are fighting the spoils of a weak Euro and a competitive China, Brazil,
India and Russia. Other European worries stem from how to handle
migrations within the European Union and from poorer countries worldwide.
This affects finances, buttresses arguments within sub-populations on the
need to stay home rather than fight wars abroad.
More so the tear in the fabric between the US and Pakistan must be stitched.
This is to avoid bigger fallouts that may embolden militants and recruit more
Pakistani or even some NATO citizens into the Global Jihadist movements.
A deep sense of tension thus overhangs as many analysts ponder whether
President Karzai has made a u-turn or is still striding on the same path with
NATO. If the former is true, there might have to be more stitching or a
possible remodeling of strategic policies in the area too.
Whatever the direction may suggest now, stakeholders seem to come from
every direction hence making it more pertinent to paint a scenario that sees
peace in Afghanistan as only possible with the engagement of NATO,
Indians, Iranians, Arabs, Russians Chinese, Pakistani, Taliban and other
underground but known stakeholders.
But can peace come without a shove or without the will? Therefore the US,
NATO-Russia summit in Lisbon and the self x-ray are square pegs in square
holes. Even more so, as President Obama has announced NATO and her 28
member states have agreed on the creation of a nuclear defence shield in
Author (Left): Arrey Mbongaya Ivo
Director of African Centre for Community and
Russia-US, NATO Summit
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