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The Afghan Special Police

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The end of 2014 will see the end of the controversial US-led mission in Afghanistan. From December this year no NATO troops will be deployed on the ground although a few will remain in training and advisory roles. In a process known simply as ‘transition’ Afghanistan’s government and indigenous security forces will become wholly responsible for the delivery of stability and security. The Afghan Special Police play a niche and unique role as the Afghan government’s primary tool for the arrest of high-level insurgents and the restoration of normality in the event of complex attacks. Official opinion in NATO countries is that this project will work and is essential for the future stability of Afghanistan beyond 2014. Others believe that it is fundamentally undermined by deficiencies elsewhere in the Afghan government and legal system. Mentoring is a vast project involving dedicated Task Forces from the armed forces of 12 coalition countries.

Lt Col Christopher Fisher was embedded in the organisation for over a year as the chief mentor for which he was awarded an MBE in March 2014. He intends to speak about the challenges of developing a high-end counter-terrorist capability in the unique environment of Afghanistan and about his research which seeks to examine how this project reinforces or contradicts received wisdoms about Security Sector Reform.

This talk is part of the Caius MCR/SCR research talks series.

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