RUSI JournalVolume 157Issue 4members only

The Importance of Cohesion in the Afghan National Army to Post-Transition Afghanistan


An Afghan military that is cohesive will be vital when Western withdrawal steps up. But an effective military comes with its own risks

 The Afghan National Army is going to be a key player in the country’s transition after 2014. Historical experience, however, has shown time and again that the ANA could equally become a force for stability or a strong element of destabilisation. If the ANA is to make a positive contribution to the future of the country, it needs to be internally cohesive and avoid disintegration along sectarian or class lines. Jason Wood analyses the many threats to cohesion and

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