President Barack Obama’s policy of a conditions-based redeployment in Afghanistan starting in July 2011 leaves him a lot of flexibility. The administration will likely decide to maintain the troop numbers in Afghanistan near the surge level next year, pending another review.

Peace Brief: Afghanistan: Conditions-Based Redeployment

Summary

  • President Barack Obama’s policy of a conditions-based redeployment in Afghanistan starting in July 2011 leaves him a lot of flexibility.
  • The administration will likely decide to maintain the troop numbers in Afghanistan near the surge level next year, pending another review.

About this Brief

The author is the vice president for Post-Conflict and Stability Operations at the United States Institute of Peace. He has served in Afghanistan and Iraq. The views expressed here are his own.

 

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