Germany's Options in Afghanistan

Timo Noetzel, Thomas Rid

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Germany's military mission in Afghanistan has become increasingly politicised in the eight years since it was launched. Political and ideological differences between parties and even between ministries are becoming more pronounced, not less. This trend narrows the room for manoeuvre and limits the strategic debate. Greater instability in Kunduz province, at the heart of Germany's area of regional responsibility in Afghanistan, has two immediate effects: it both increases the need to act decisively and it heightens the risk of political paralysis in Berlin. This article argues that the latter is likely to prevail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-90
Number of pages20
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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