The withdrawal of Nato forces from Afghanistan presents coalition forces with a nightmare of costs, negotiations and exposure to attack as valuable equipment is pulled out. It also places Nato at a strategic crossroads where the very future of the alliance and its future role is debated at a time when defence spending is being cut.

MEMBERS of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will have a shiny new one billion euro building in Brussels in 2016 and a new secretary-general.

But Nato will continue as a sleepy 28-member organisation with an enormous bureaucracy unless governments define their national interests and the evolving global challenges in ways which call for cl...

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Dr. Uwe Nerlich
The risks of high-value military equipment getting into the hands of insurgents are huge as long tailbacks of transporters build along narrow roads exposed to hostile attacks. There will be little protection for the transport over the 1,000 miles to the port of Karachi
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