NATO Contemplates in Lisbon
By Arrey Mbongaya Ivo
African Centre for Community and Development
NATO (North Atlantic Treaty...
bread winners, women and children as well as some tribal leaders that have
so far aided the strategic mission of the organ...
reduced social benefits in other countries. More so, will the walk out be
staged to suit important political and electoral...
NATO. If the former is true, there might have to be more stitching or a
possible remodeling of strategic policies in the a...
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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 http://www.africancentreforcommunity.com http://community.eldis.org/falcazo http://en-gb.connect.facebook.com/pages/African-Centre-for-Community-and-Development/103686769685856
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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  • 1. 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
  • 2. 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 region. 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
  • 3. 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 Europe. 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
  • 4. 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 Europe. Author (Left): Arrey Mbongaya Ivo Director of African Centre for Community and Development http://youtube.com/user/AfricanCentreforCom http://community.eldis.org/falcazo http://www.africancentreforcommunity.com http://en-gb.connect.facebook.com/pages/African- Centre-for-Community-and- Development/103686769685856 http://www.facebook.com/arreymbongayaivo Related Story Russia-US, NATO Summit ©2010 African Centre for Community and Development. All rights reserved.

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