The delegate ofNetherlands and the Dutch Republic, as a founding member of the North AtlanticTreaty Organization, believe that the mission in Afghanistan is seen as a testof the alliance’s political will and military capabilities. Dutch forces havegrown increasingly engaged in providing security, in tandem with a well-fundedreconstruction effort.
Although NATO hasdone well enough to re-stabilize security and safety in Afghanistan, there isplenty to be done to see this mission as a success for both NATO andAfghanistan. As founding member of theNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization, the mission of providing help forAfghanistan holds huge significance. InDecember 2007, the Dutch parliament agreed to send troops to Afghanistan butdemanded withdrawal in 2010. But the Dutch view emphasizes that NATO must placereconstruction as their number 1 priority instead of combat operations.
Many inthe ISAF command agree with the Dutch view to give Afghanistan economicinfrastructure to help provide the Afghans an economy that will fulfill theirpromises and high hopes in the future. The Dutch Republic provides funds forPRT reconstruction activities directly to the Afghan central government mostlythrough the UN or World Bank. The Dutch Republic have long strategized severalthoughts to approach Afghan conflicts. We believe that the alliance must engagein regional countries namely Pakistan, India, Iraq and Iran to bring morestability in the country.
Also the delegate of Netherlands is concerned thatcombat operations carried by NATO, including air strikes, alienate the Afghanpopulation “Afghanistan is making a new startand will soon be shaping up its own future”-Prime minister of Netherlands MarkRutte. The NATO command states that every country providing troops there isvital to security in Afghanistan. NATO has an active support group known as theResolute Support Mission which enhances capabilities of training Afghanmilitary, civilian oversight which is pertinent to civilians reviewinggovernment policies and strategy planning.
So in the case of these most combatoperations are taken care of but if we want to make proper progress on thebasis of our topic and ensure future prospects, we need to establishreconstruction of roads and other essential factors of economic infrastructure. Thewar in Afghanistan and NATO’s mission in Libya both reveal a number of flaws inthe alliance. The difficulty of reaching final agreements among the membersregarding the main challenges of the mission, the unbalanced distribution ofthe financial burden between the United States and Europe, and issues ofexchanging information between different militaries that have differentpotential, hardware and legal curtailments. These are classic problems thattrouble any alliance and it is these problems that are restricts NATO fromreaching its potential in the post-Cold War era. NATO cannot remain aserviceable force unless solutions to these problems are found.
Forming a long-lastingconsensus will require a clear sense of what security of the North AtlanticTreaty Organization involves in times such as the post-Cold War era and acommitment to take necessary precautions to enforce security in places such asAfghanistan. Taking these precautions will also help to secure Afghanistan’sfuture in NATO.