Today we ask if Afghanistan is NATO's last frontier. Many pundits tie success in Afghanistan to NATO's future, arguing that failure would be the undoing of the Alliance. Undoubtedly, success in Afghanistan is linked to the role the alliance will have in the future, but truth be told, this conflict is not uniquely NATO's to win or lose. Rather it is for the government of Afghanistan's and the international community's, collectively, to win or lose. NATO's role, while challenging, is narrowed to providing the safe and secure environment that will enable the conditions for good governance and reconstruction and development,” said General John Craddock, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, during a speech to the Strategic Security and Defence Agenda Roundtable on the 6th of October. His speech was focused on NATO and its role in Afghanistan.