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The Future of the Afghan Local Police

Asia Report N°268, 4 June 2015

A member of the Afghan local police meets with soldiers from the U.S. Army's 1st Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment at a checkpoint near Combat Outpost Hutal in Maywand District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, 20 January, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

Too often, the Afghan Local Police (ALP) has preyed on those it is meant to guard. Some members are outright bandits, exacerbating conflict. Rogue units should be disbanded, and better ones integrated into the armed forces. This must be done carefully and slowly, or else insurgents will win a new military edge.

Recent Reports

The Future of the Afghan Local Police, Asia Report N°268, 4 Jun 2015

Too often, the Afghan Local Police (ALP) has preyed on those it is meant to guard. Some members are outright bandits, exacerbating conflict. Rogue units should be disbanded, and better ones integrated into the armed forces. This must be done carefully and slowly, or else insurgents will win a new military edge.

Afghanistan’s Political Transition, Asia Report N°260, 16 Oct 2014

Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani, inherits a government that is running out of money and losing ground to the insurgency. As foreign troops withdraw, the new government must stay united and move quickly on reforms.

Afghanistan’s Insurgency after the Transition, Asia Report N°256, 12 May 2014

To contain a growing, increasingly confident insurgency as NATO troops withdraw, Afghanistan needs continued international support, including military, and the new government in Kabul will need to reinvigorate the state’s commitment to the rule of law.

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Women and Conflict in Afghanistan, Asia Report N°252, 14 Oct 2013

Women are increasingly exposed to violence and exclusion from the public sphere as Afghanistan nears the 2014 security transition and conservative forces gain momentum.

Afghanistan’s Parties in Transition, Asia Briefing N°141, 26 Jun 2013

Afghanistan’s political parties must exercise restraint as they jostle for power in the final months of President Karzai’s mandate. For its part, the outgoing administration should also resist calls to excessively regulate the parties. A commitment to pluralism, by all players, is key to the legitimacy of Kabul politics – and an important advantage against armed insurgents.

Afghanistan: The Long, Hard Road to the 2014 Transition, Asia Report N°236, 8 Oct 2012

Afghanistan is hurtling toward a devastating political crisis as the government prepares to take full control of security in 2014.

Talking About Talks: Toward a Political Settlement in Afghanistan, Asia Report N°221, 26 Mar 2012

A major course correction is needed if talks with the Taliban are to have any chance of delivering sustainable peace in Afghanistan.

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Aid and Conflict in Afghanistan, Asia Report N°210, 4 Aug 2011

After a decade of major security, development and humanitarian assistance, the international community has failed to achieve a politically stable and economically viable Afghanistan.

The Insurgency in Afghanistan’s Heartland, Asia Report N°207, 27 Jun 2011

Collusion between insurgent elements and corrupt government officials in Kabul and the nearby provinces has increased, leading to a profusion of criminal networks in the Afghan heartland.

Afghanistan’s Elections Stalemate, Asia Briefing N°117, 23 Feb 2011

The prolonged crisis over Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections has substantially weakened President Hamid Karzai’s government and could, if left unaddressed, drive disenfranchised Afghans into the arms of the Taliban, stoke ethnic tensions and increase the risks of civil war.

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Watch video: The Uncertain Future of the Afghan Local Police

4 June 2015: In this video, Crisis Group's senior Afghanistan analyst, Graeme Smith, sheds some light on the uncertain nature of the ALP, and looks at the confusion surrounding whether they are harming or helping the situation.

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5 June 2012: Mark Schneider, Senior Vice President, comments on the NATO Summit, held in Chicago in May 2012, and assesses the readiness of the Afghan National Army for independent operations.

Statement

Voters hold up their identity cards, as they wait in line at a polling station in Kabul to cast their ballots, 5 April 2014. UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

Afghan Elections Statement
11 July 2014

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