The Canadian endgame in Afghanistan affords us an opportunity to relearn the role of military forces in influencing coalition politics and in Canadian international affairs generally. The influx of American forces in Kandahar province and the progressive reduction of Canadian activities is a case study in how a reduced presence results in reduced influence. Timeless lessons in saliency and operational influence also help us ask hard questions about the role of force and development in future Canadian policy.


Originally Published in Policy Options