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The current conflict in Afghanistan has been ongoing for an entire decade, and still there are complications. Promises of troop withdrawals are continually delayed due to the
complexities involved. Here, the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in international peace-support operations as they have developed from the early nineties until today will be examined. The primary focus is NATO's so called “Comprehensive Approach”, a strategic concept formally adopted at the 2010 Lisbon Summit, but had been used and developed as a concept in the years prior, based on the Alliances experience in the Balkans
and especially in Afghanistan.
The thesis will discuss the development of peacekeeping. The primary focus will be on the Comprehensive Approach and in particular its application in Afghanistan, which remains
the Alliances most ambitious and expansive undertaking outside its traditional area of responsibility. To fully comprehend the issue at hand the paper will examine both the general
concept of peacekeeping, the strategic concept itself, the specific challenges posed by Afghanistan due to its historical and geographical uniqueness, and the strategies which have
been employed from the beginnings of the Afghanistan conflict in 2001. From this the practicality and likelihood of the Comprehensive Approach will be examined, especially with
regard to the recent conclusions of the Bonn Conference in December 2011.