Support personnel depart the Salang Pass landing zone via Chinook during a site assessment of Operation Mountain Blade in the Parwan province, Afghanistan.

Stability in Afghanistan requires greater integration with neighboring countries.

Securing the Neighborhood

July 2012, Number 03.03

“Successful war strategies conclude with successful peace strategies. Afghanistan’s transition from armed conflict to a stable, secure and developing society depends on its capacity to overcome a fundamental conundrum: Economic development cannot take place in the absence of a secure environment. At the same time, a secure environment cannot long be sustained without progress in economic development. Overcoming this fundamental challenge will define Afghanistan’s success in the years ahead. The drawdown of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is a phased aspect of the transition to national authority and the stabilization of Afghanistan. International coalition troops are scheduled to be reduced in number at the same time as Afghan security forces assume responsibility for the country’s security.

During the transitional period, Afghanistan will continue to be heavily dependent upon foreign partners. Although the relationship with Pakistan will likely continue to be troubled for the foreseeable future, Afghanistan must endeavor to build and maintain stable and secure relations with as many neighboring countries as possible. Afghanistan also will need continued international assistance to protect itself from foreign threats and also from insurgents acting within its borders and from abroad...”

Excerpt from Gregory Gleason and Timothy A. Krambs, “Securing the Neighborhood,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 3, No. 3, 2012: 36-41.

Timothy A. Krambs is a major in the U.S. Army serving as a Eurasian foreign area officer in the Central Asian region. His education includes a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a master’s degree in international security studies from the Universität der Bundeswehr München, completed at the Marshall Center. Maj. Krambs’ contributions in completion of this degree are pending publication in U.S. and Russian journals. He has also served two tours in the Middle East as an Army aviator in the capacity of a maintenance company commander and test pilot as well as a mission pilot and platoon leader.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.