RUSI JournalVolume 160Issue 1members only

The Afghan Decisions

An introduction to Ed Butler's article, 'Setting Ourselves up for a Fall in Afghanistan', part of 'The Afghan Papers' series, begun in 2012

Over a decade after the UK first became involved in operations in Afghanistan, and eight years after this involvement was first explicitly described as a war, combat operations in the country finally ended at the close of 2014. The political controversies that surrounded the Afghan campaign, however, have lingered and are likely to have an impact on British defence and strategy debates for years to come. The questions, concerning both the motivations and the manner in whic

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