Examining the ability of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) to provide stability in Afghanistan: a comparative study

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2023-08-23
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This thesis compared three provinces in Afghanistan and analysed multiple factors that influenced the ability of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) to stabilize a province. The ALP became vital in certain provinces to achieve and retain stability, however, it is also held accountable for making provinces less stable. The two main factors that have been analysed in this thesis were the (dis)proportionality of the composition of the ALP and if the resource requirements were met and how this affected the ability of the ALP to provide stability. The (dis)proportionality of the composition of ALPs had the most influence in regard to the ability to provide stability. The execution of the vetting procedure of the ALP was very important, but not always conducted well enough. The procedure was influenced by tensions between ethnic or tribal groups, and if the ALP in fact was disproportionally composed, this resulted in power abuse by ALP members. In general, the ALP has failed in Afghanistan. This thesis will answer to what extent the factors mentioned above, contributed to this failure.
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Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen