Francesc Vendrell examines the current situation facing the intervention in Afghanistan and both points out a number of missed opportunities and also suggests recommendations for future policy.
He begins with the Bonn Agreement and two perceived missteps by the United Nations, namely the plan to implement a "light-footprint" despite the desire of the Afghan people for a heavier intervention, and allowing of the "Afghan-led" intervention to mean the inclusion and participation not of Afghan citizens but rather of a select group of regional warlords.
Amb. Vendrell takes a look at the actions of various interveners aside from the UN, however, and discusses and the actions of the US, EU, and ISAF amongst others. He also delves into the future of Afghanistan's regional relationships, giving particular attention to their eastern neighbors, Pakistan.
Francesc Vendrell served as EU Special Representative for Afghanistan from 2002 to 2008 and before that also served as personal representative of the Secretary General for Afghanistan and head of the United Nations Special Mission to Afghanistan.
From 1993 to 2000, while acting as director of the Asia and Pacific Division of the UN Department of Political Affairs, he concurrently undertook assignments including deputy personal representative of the Secretary-General for East Timor, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for both Cambodia and Papua New Guinea (separately), and Adviser to the Secretary-General on his good offices in Myanmar.
Before joining the UN, Dr. Vendrell was director of studies at the Hague Academy of International Law and an adjunct professor at both Yale and Rutgers Law Schools.