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.
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.
The international community needs to "prioritise a political transition over troop withdrawal," according to Afghan MP Fawzia Koofi.
Sir William Patey
Former British ambassador Sir William Patey, who left Kabul in April, said he is "cautiously optimistic" about the future of Afghanistan.
Michael Semple, a former high-ranking EU Representative for Afghanistan, said there is a "fear of a police state" taking over.