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Northern Distribution Network (NDN)

 The NDN is the transportation system that the coalition uses to move goods and supplies into (and out of Afghanistan) via the northern Afghan border. The NDN ties into the old Silk Road or what some are calling the New Silk Road1.  There are some observers who feel the NDN will increase the value of the New Silk Road.2.

Map of the Northern Distribution Network Afghanistan
Source: Defense Logistics Agency

Reports and Publications about the Northern Distribution Network (NDN)

October 2012. The New Silk Road and the Northern Distribution Network: A Golden Road to Central Asian Trade Reform?, by Graham Lee, Central Eurasia Project. Posted here on Open Society Foundations.

September 22, 2009. Afghanistan Northern Distribution Network: The New Silk Road, CENTCOM Deployment Distribution Operations Center, FOUO. Accessed here on the website.

Jingle Trucks on Road in Afghanistan
Photo: CENTCOM briefing

Blogs and Websites Postings about the Northern Distribution Network (NDN)

"Whither the New Silk Road and U.S. Central Asia Policy?", By Stephen Blank, CACI Analyst, October 31, 2012. Accessed here on Centrial Asia-Caucasus Institute, U.S. Army War College.

Northern Distribution Network (NDN) Project. Center for Strategic & International Studies.

NATO Logistics in the Afghan War. Wikipedia.

Northern Distribution Network News Reports by

Maps about the Northern Distribution Network

Map of NDN by BBC. Access here.

Map of NDN by The Silk Road Group.  Access here.

Map of NDN Supply routes by The Washington Post. Access here.

Map of NDN by STRATFOR. Access here.

Videos about the Northern Distribution Network (NDN)

United States European Command - Videos tagged NDN.

News Articles about the Northern Distribution Network (NDN)

March 8, 2018. "Kazakstan Grants US Access to Ports for Afghanistan", Tolo News.

May 20, 2015. "Ukraine's Geopolitical Spillover Officially Makes it to Afghanistan". By Catherine Putz, The Diplomat. Russia's closure of the NDN marks the end of an era.

March 6, 2014. "How Ukraine Spillover Could Complicate the US Withdrawal From Afghanistan". The Diplomat.

March 6, 2014. "Is the NDN Tying U.S.'s Hands in Ukraine?". The Bug Pit Eurasianet.

January 9, 2014. "U.S. Military Logisticians To Russia: Thanks, But . . . " The Bug Pit.

December 16, 2013. "Northern Distribution Network: Redefining Partnerships within NATO and Beyond".

December 9, 2013. "Pentagon: Pakistan Border Closure to Have No Effect on NDN". The Bug Pit.

October 22, 2013. "With Return of Pakistan, Central Asian Role in U.S. Logistics Declines".  Security Assistance Monitor.

October 7, 2013. "Has China Shanghaied Central Asia"? GMF Blog.

July 30, 2013. "Why Central Asia Matters". Registan. Article by Nathan Barrick.

November 28, 2012. "Afghanistan Supply Network Provides Economic Opportunity". American Forces Press Service.

June 28, 2012. "The Northern Distribution Network". U.S. Army Stand-To!

May 3, 2012. "Pakistan and the Northern Distribution Network". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

May 8, 2012. "Remarks at Northern Distribution Network Conference". U.S. Dept State.

March 27, 2012. "How Russia Plays the Great Game". The Diplomat.

January 20, 2012. "The Northern Distribution Network and the Baltic Nexus". U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

December 14, 2011. "Nato's fraught roads to Afghanistan". BBC News Asia.

December 6, 2011. "Northern Distribution Nightmare". Foreign Policy.

November 28, 2011. "Afghanistan: NATO Supply Routes". The Guardian.

September 27, 2011. "A Logistics Nightmare". The World Post.

September 16, 2011. "U.S. Now Relies On Alternate Afghan Supply Routes". NPR.

August 26, 2011. "Logistics: Afghanistan Turns to the Northern Distribution Network". Strategy Page.

November 18, 2010. "Central Asia: Washington to Expand Traffic on Northern Supply Route", by Joshua Kucera,

July 2, 2010. "Gen. Petraeus, the Northern Distribution Network and the "modern Silk Road", The Bug Pit,




1. For more on the relationship between the Northern Distribution Network (NDN) and the New Silk Road see "U.S. General Says NDN Will Lead To New Silk Road", The Bug Pit,, December 1, 2012 posted here:

2. For a viewpoint describing why the NDN and the New Silk Road are not mutually supporting see "NDN And The New Silk Road, Together Again", The Bug Pit, October 25, 2012 accessed here on





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