Public Forum Affirmative

Afghans: More Optimism for the Future September 30, 2010
Most Afghans are increasingly optimistic about the state of their country, a poll commissioned by the BBC, ABC News and Germany’s ARD shows.
NATO in Afghanistan: Facing the Shortfalls and Measuring the Success September 30, 2010
The Future of Afghanistan September 30, 2010
During the past four years, Afghanistan has made significant progress toward democracy while reconstructing the country’s political, social, and security institutions.
2009 Afghan Public Opinion Poll September 30, 2010
The survey respondents pointed to insecurity—attacks, violence, and terrorism—as the biggest problem facing the country, followed closely by unemployment, a poor economy, and corruption. Findings also indicate that 42 percent of Afghans think the country is headed in the right direction (compared to 38% in 2008, 42% in 2007, 44% in 2006, and 64% in 2004).
Getting Back on Track in Afghanistan September 30, 2010
There is clearly room for hope in Afghanistan. According to a recent public opinion poll, many Afghans express optimism in the face of the country’s difficulties, though Afghan support is decreasing. Approximately 71 percent of Afghans support the United States’ presence in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan:An Assesment September 30, 2010
There are grounds for optimism vis-à-vis the future of Afghanistan.
Afghanistan Sovereignty and International Partnerships September 30, 2010
Afghanistan will be stable enough that the integrity of the nation is assured. Afghanistan’s territory will not be a safe haven for al-Qaeda or other groups to attack us or disrupt Pakistan.
Afghanistan and Nato: The Way Forward September 30, 2010
First and foremost, all 28 NATO countries are in the mission. Without exception. That is solidarity. And there are 13 other countries, all NATO partners, with troops in the field as well: 41 countries in total, NATO and non-NATO, but all under NATO command. This is no ad-hoc coalition of the willing – this is an Alliance that is proving its staying power every day.
Nato in Afghanistan September 30, 2010
NATO’s main role in Afghanistan is to assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) in exercising and extending its authority and influence across the country, paving the way for reconstruction and effective governance.