Afghanistan's security sector reform (SSR) process and particularly the development of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) continues to suffer from deficits in manpower and expertise, both on the parts of the Afghan government and international community. It has also been slowed by myopic training goals that discount the importance of community engagement and civilian protection under the auspices of NATO's counterinsurgency strategy, and rising expectations for ANSF performance that outstrip the pace of institutional reform. This Security Sector Reform Monitor: Afghanistan edition examines trends in SSR in the context of an increasingly pressurized security environment and a rapidly expanding zone of military operations, with an emphasis on the ANSF's role in the present counter-insurgency strategy and its relationship with the Afghan public.
The Security Sector Reform Monitor is a quarterly publication that tracks developments and trends in the ongoing security sector reform (SSR) processes of five countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, East Timor, Haiti and South Sudan. Every quarter, there will be separate editions for each case study country. Adopting a holistic definition of the security sector, the Monitor will cover a wide range of actors, topics and themes, from reforms in the rule of law institutions and armed forces to demilitarization activities and the role of non-statutory security and justice actors.