NATO's Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan

  • Last updated: 01 Jun. 2020 12:19

The Senior Civilian Representative carries forward the Alliance's political-military objectives in Afghanistan, representing the political leadership of the Alliance in Kabul officially and publicly. He liaises with the Afghan Government, civil society, representatives of the international community and neighbouring countries. The post is currently held by Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo.

Working closely with NATO’s Resolute Support mission, the Senior Civilian Representative (SCR) provides a direct channel of communication between the theatre, NATO Headquarters in Brussels, and the North Atlantic Council, the Alliance's principal decision-making body. 

He provides the Council with advice on the most effective means of ensuring the overall coherence of the Alliance’s relations with Afghanistan, which includes responsibilities related to upholding NATO’s public perception.

He liaises with senior members of the Afghan Government and coordinates with representatives of the international community and other international organisations engaged in Afghanistan, in particular the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the European Union.

The SCR also maintains contacts with representatives of neighbouring countries, as well as with various political actors, representatives of Afghan civil society and representatives of international non-governmental organisations.

Appointed by the NATO Secretary General on an ad-hoc basis, the SCR’s mandate is limited in time and renewable in light of political developments in Afghanistan. The position was originally created in October 2003, when NATO took the lead of the UN-mandated International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.