Bearing their share of the burden: Europe in Afghanistan
Siegel, Scott N.
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This article assesses the relative burden European members of NATO are bearing in the war in Afghanistan. Some argue that the current contribution of European forces is on par with the American contribution. However, current studies do not analyze Europe’s ISAF contribution in comparison to some benchmark by which relative burden-sharing can be accurately determined. This article compares Europe’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan to past missions, current contributions and in light of the benefits each country is likely to enjoy. The quantitative and qualitative findings show that there is an extensive amount of free-riding occurring both in terms of hard and soft power, although it varies across time and even within NATO Europe. Inadequate forces provided by European NATO countries jeopardize the likelihood of success in Afghanistan.
The article of record as published may be found at http://doi.org/10.1080/09662839.2010.498824Received 01 Mar 2010, Published online: 08 Sep 2010
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