ABSTRACT

'Surge Recovery' and Next Steps in the War in Afghanistan: In Brief [January 6, 2012]   [open pdf - 201KB]

"On June 22, 2011, President Obama delivered a major policy speech in which he laid out the parameters for 'surge recovery' - the Administration's new term of art that refers to the drawdown of all U.S. surge forces from Afghanistan. Surge recovery has subsequently generated considerable interest across the U.S. political spectrum, including in Congress. Yet troop levels are only one facet of much broader U.S. government engagement in Afghanistan. [...] This report draws in part on the author's recent three-week visit to Afghanistan, in November 2011, based on an invitation from the Commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), General John Allen. It provides initial observations about surge recovery in broader operational and strategic context, and links those observations to current debates that may be of interest to Congress as it considers the strength and duration of further U.S. involvement in Afghanistan."

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CRS Report for Congress, R42137
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2012-01-06
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