After the fall of the Berlin Wall and collapse of the Soviet Union, analysts and pundits predicted NATO would slide into irrelevance. The past two decades have shown that the opposite has occurred. As the alliance’s security challenges changed, NATO changed and adapted as well. The organization continues to ensure the collective security of 28 nations in Europe through the deployment of servicemen and women around the globe, conducting eight major operations. Today, NATO leads a 48-nation coalition—the largest in modern history—working to stabilize Afghanistan and thereby the security of nations worldwide.
Of particular relevance in Afghanistan, NATO’s lead in the development of the Afghan National Security Force, a key element of the strategy to create a stable and secure nation, has contributed greatly to the ability of the Afghan government to control the use of force within its borders and thus protect its populace.