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Safwan Shabab


On the 60th year of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s founding, Afghanistan provides a unique opportunity for the alliance to demonstrate its credibility as a ‘new NATO’. In its first real ‘out-of-area’ operation, NATO has a chance to prove its strength to operate beyond Europe and combat global security threats from terrorism and instability. But despite proving its early critics such as John Mearsheimer wrong during the 1990s, NATO’s credibility is once again on the line – Afghanistan is proving to be a difficult test of the alliance’s political will and military capabilities.