An international conference on the future of Afghanistan is to be hosted by Nato in Chicago in May, when donor nations will be asked to contribute $4.3 billion (£2.7 billion) a year after 2014 to maintain the country's reconstruction effort after three decades of incessant conflict. Washington has indicated that it is prepared to contribute £1.75 billion, with the remainder coming from Europe and other states, such as Japan and Australia, that are currently supporting the Nato mission.Chicago is a strange place to hold such a summit ... but sobeit.
What we do know is this - the promises made from forces on the ground by NATO when it took over the AFG operation in '05/06 were never met.
The Germans with the police, the Italians(!), with the judicial system, and the others who promised much out of the Bonn Agreement never came to pass - so what should we expect?
That is something I plan on writing more about in the coming months. Most of you know where this is heading, so we might as well flesh it out.