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Den danske indsats i Helmand: Kapacitetsopbygningen og udfordringerne ved de Afghanske sikkerhedsstyrker

Student thesis: Diploma Thesis

  • Kristoffer Lundberg Hansen
Afgangsprojekt, (Diploma)
The study attempts to examine the Danish effort in Afghanistan and the buildup of Afghan security forces, up to the handover of responsibility in 2015, raising the question: was the Danish effort successful?
The study examines the effort through the Security System Reform assessments criteria, in order to understand the effort and the context in the period 2008 to 2012. Mark Sedra’s criticism of the SSR process in Afghanistan was included, in order to examine the challenges and efforts made by the Danish contribution.
The study concludes that the effort failed to successfully buildup the Afghan
security forces so they could change the status quo scenario establish in and
around Gereshk. This made the stability and security vulnerable to the
insurgency when the international forces in 2015 left the Helmand province.
The study argues that corruption within the security forces due to opium trade
destabilized the security situation and supported the insurgency. Due to the lack
of focus and initiates to fight it within the Afghan government and security
forces, corruption undermined the Danish effort in the period. The lack of human
and institutional capacity affected the Danish effort. The timeframe for the effort was unrealistic and it undermined the overall effects.
The study, shows through its examination of the Danish effort in Afghanistan, the need for a critical and an impartial investigation of the effort and its effects, in order to learn from the experience after 17 years of the counterinsurgency operations.
Publication date8 Nov 2018
Number of pages49
Publishing institutionHærens Officersskole


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