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Filling a Void in Afghan Government - Shivers

Filling a Void in Afghan Government - Shivers

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If it’s not the “perfect storm” developing in Afghanistan, with the ministers of Defense and Interior simultaneously departing their posts after failing to secure confidence votes in their national parliament, and, separately, the minister of Finance, under the cloud of corruption charges leveled at him by credible figures, it is certainly a nasty witches brew.
The Hill

If it’s not the “perfect storm” developing in Afghanistan, with the ministers of Defense and Interior simultaneously departing their posts after failing to secure confidence votes in their national parliament, and, separately, the minister of Finance, under the cloud of corruption charges leveled at him by credible figures, it is certainly a nasty witches brew.

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Published by: The American Security Project on Sep 21, 2012
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Filling a void in Afghan government 
Mitchell Shivers, adjunct senior fellow, American Security Project
 
08/15/12 The Hill
 
Ifit’snotthe“perfectstorm”developinginAfghanistan,withtheministersofDefenseandInteriorsimultaneouslydepartingtheirpostsafterfailingtosecureconfidencevotesintheirnationalparliament,and,separately,theministerofFinance,underthecloudofcorruptionchargesleveledathimbycrediblefigures,itiscertainlyanastywitchesbrew.Muchofoursecurityplanninginthatpoor,poornationrestswiththeAfghanssettlingthismostrecentobstaclebyensuringasmoothtransitiontoeffectivesecuritysectorleadership.Isthatpossible?Well,yes,it’spossible...butbynomeansisitallthatlikely.Thesecuritysectorministersinquestion,formerMinisterofDefenseAbdulRahimWardak,andMinisterofInteriorBismullahKhanMohammadihavebothbeenseenasgenerallyeffectivepartnersoftheinternationalcommunityalliedwiththeAfghangovernment.Indeed,ourinternationalmilitarychiefthere,ISAFCommander,GeneralJohnR.Allen,USMC,justpubliclyacknowledgedtheir“extraordinaryachievement”intheirkeyrolesattheirministriesovermanyyears.Theirdepartureswillmeantherewillbeaddedburdensasalladjusttothenewleadershipinthesetwokeysecurityministries.That’sespeciallysoattheMinistryofInteriorwhichoverseesthepoliceforcesofAfghanistan-anationwheremuchofthepoliceisessentiallycarryingoutafrontlineparamilitaryrolewithsignificantcasualtylosses.TheMOIhasnotenjoyedtherelativelystableleadershipthathasbeentheexperienceattheMinistryofDefense.Bothministrieshaverequiredheavyinternationalassistanceofallkinds-especiallywithrespecttoreformmeasuresattheMinistryofInterior.UnlikethedefenseministrywhichwasvirtuallyrebuiltfromscratchaftertheinternationaloustingoftheTalibangovernmentin2001,theMOIhaslargelyattemptedtocorrectitselfthroughinternalreform,re-trainingandre-orientation-it’samuchmorechallengingandlaborioustask-andleadershipintensive,aswell.Allalong,theeffectivenessoftheMinistryofInteriorhasbeenoneofourbiggestchallenges.It’svariouspastleadershavebeenmixedintheirreformefforts.Onehasevenbeenthesubjectofdamningintelligencereportsindicatinghewasverymucha

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