The German Government’s progress reports on the situation in Afghanistan were prepared each year from 2010 to 2014 by the ministries involved in Afghanistan under the direction of the Special Representative of the Federal Government for Afghanistan and Pakistan. The primary agencies involved were the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Ministry of Defence and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The Government’s first report in 2010 took stock of Germany’s engagement in Afghanistan. Thereafter, interim reports were issued each summer, with comprehensive progress reports appearing each winter. The progress reports were divided into three parts to reflect the key priorities of international engagement in Afghanistan during the ISAF mission, namely governance, security and development. The last progress report was issued in November 2014 as the ISAF mission was drawing to a close. It contains a review of engagement in Afghanistan since 2001 and draws some lessons from events over that period.
A new phase of commitment
Even if the end of the ISAF mission in 2014 was thought by much of the public in Germany and abroad to mark the end of engagement in Afghanistan, the German Government’s commitment to the country has certainly not ceased, but has instead entered into a new phase of a less military nature. Germany is and will remain one of Afghanistan’s most important partners. All in all, one thing is clear for the German Government: we have achieved a great deal but we are still a long way from the finishing post.