Debt Or Defense? Difficult Choices Of A Financially Constrained NATO

Part of the Global Forecast 2011

Imagine if the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan only consisted of 11 contributing nations as opposed to the 48 that contribute today. Imagine if ISAF had only 90,000 American soldiers at its disposal rather than the 132,000 troops and 37 European countries currently engaged. Would the United States continue to shoulder the burden in Afghanistan if it had to make up for the loss of 25 percent of overall forces?

Heather A. Conley

Tim Adams