A series of perspectives on Afghanistan's future

BBC Radio 4's The World At One has asked different commentators and analysts to reflect on what they think will happen when US and UK troops withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014.

Robert Fox

The London Evening Standard's Defence Correspondent Robert Fox believes the key to Afghanistan's stability "is what happens to the armed forces and the police" and warns that "big difficulties" remain.

A young sniper of the Afghan National Army A young sniper of the Afghan National Army

Audio: Army 'key' to country's stability

Fawzia Koofi

The international community needs to "prioritise a political transition over troop withdrawal," according to Afghan MP Fawzia Koofi.

Fawzia Koofi Afghan MP Fawzia Koofi

Audio: Political transition 'a priority'

Sir William Patey

Former British ambassador Sir William Patey, who left Kabul in April, said he is "cautiously optimistic" about the future of Afghanistan.

British ambassador to Kabul Sir William Patey British ambassador to Kabul Sir William Patey

Audio: 'Cautious optimism' on country's future

Michael Semple

Michael Semple, a former high-ranking EU Representative for Afghanistan, said there is a "fear of a police state" taking over.

Afghan police officers stand guard

Audio: 'Fear of police state' taking over

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