Civilian-led presence in Afghanistan

flag-afgnatoThe nature of NATO’s mission and its relationship with Afghanistan has evolved and will further evolve. In May 2015 the NATO foreign ministers approved guidelines and principles for the enhancement of Enduring Partnership. These include a continued presence of civilian and military personnel on the ground after the current “Resolute Support” mission.  It is expected that around 2020 the operation “Resolute Support” will convert into an Enduring Partnership activity.  From that moment on the NATO forces will operate under a civil lead (Special Representative).

Since NATO forces never operated under a civilian lead before, it is necessary to define the issues NATO has to deal with within this unique structure. On request of the Joint Forces Command Brunssum (JFCB) the NATO C2COE will support their project regarding civilian-led presence in Afghanistan. Within this JFCB project the NATO C2COE will focus on C2.

The “Civilian-led presence in Afghanistan” is part of the NATO C2COE program of Work 2017.  The POCs for this project are Major (NLD AF) Ron Werkman ( and Major (NLD A) Twan Verbaten ( .