Endgame for the West in Afghanistan? Explaining the Decline in Support For the War in Afghanistan in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, France and Germany [open pdf - 1004KB]
"The main reason why the Afghan war has lost support among the public of the main participating countries is the combination of mounting casualties along with the increasing perception that the effort on the ground is failing. This conclusion is drawn from in-depth case studies of the United States and five of its key allies-- the United Kingdom (UK), France, Germany, Canada, and Australia. These countries include the top three troop contributing nations to the Allied effort in Afghanistan (the United States, the UK, and Germany), and the three who have suffered the heaviest casual¬ties (the United States, the UK, and Canada). More¬over, these nations vary greatly in terms of their pre-September 11, 2001 (9/11) relations with the United States, historical tradition of, and public tolerance to¬wards the use of force overseas, level of commitment to the Afghan war, and rhetorical strategies chosen by their political leadership to justify the deployment vi to their peoples. The fact that a common thread domestic support falls as the course of the war deteriorates--is still discernible is remarkable in light of the diversity of the cases studied."
Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute: http://www.StrategicStudiesInstitute.army.mil/