Afghan War Lessons
The Diplomat Flashpoints blog
March 7, 2012
Commentary by: Chiara Ruffa, International Security Program research fellow
Topic: Afghanistan War
“A decade after the Afghan War was launched, and with almost 3,000 coalition personnel killed and hundreds of billions spent, it’s worth asking whether the enormous effort that has gone into fighting militants has been worth it.
Certainly, there’s been plenty of commentary on the issue as the U.S. outlines its plans to withdraw troops. But having spent a significant amount of time in the country studying the impact of the war effort – and the different roles played by the countries contributing to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) – I can only say the answer is mixed.”