Analysis: NATO Combats Afghan Deployment Cracks
Council on Foreign Relations
September 19, 2007
Author: Greg Bruno
NATO’s Afghan deployment—the largest-ever for the North-Atlantic alliance and its first mission outside Europe—has become a test case for voluntary international military operations. Some see it as the most significant challenge to NATO in the alliance’s fifty-eight year history. Barnett R. Rubin, an Afghanistan expert at New York University, says NATO and the U.S. must find “successful political consolidation” to win the support of the Afghan population. Helle C. Dale of the Heritage Foundation says to succeed in Afghanistan NATO should seek to expand its troop and funding levels and consider “another round of enlargement.”
But despite appeals for more troop contributions, only eight-thousand soldiers were added to NATO forces in the past year (PDF).
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