POL312 – Canadian Foreign Policy
Jan 31 2013
Class 16 – Class in Afghanistan
- Origins of war in Afghanistan are inseparable from 9/11.
o Different from the invasion of Iraq.
o Before the 9/11, Afghanistan was out of Western interest.
The Taliban was not directly involved in 9/11. Afghanistan
was targeted because they refused to give up Al Qaeda.
o Canada provided naval dispatches, etc – participated pretty
o Terrorist attacks by non-state actors (not Afghanistan but Al
o Oct 4, 2001 – NATO Article 5
o Oct 2001 – JTF-2 and Nay
o Jan – Feb 2002 – PPCLI deploy
Operation Enduring Freedom
The border doesn’t really exist on the real map. The
British put the line – Pashtun people formed the
Taliban because of the border that the British created
in order to be not governed by unwanted people.
NATO mandated an operation for the Afghanistan
o Invading Iraq was the least popular in Quebec
o Official justification of the war
Rebuild Afghan so they don’t make another terror
Security and development for Afghan – closely related
Defend Canadian national interest (fight terrorism)
o More general supporting justification
Support Can US relationship
Rebuild Canadian foreign policy
- Winning and Losing
o The early years of the Afghan war was in the shadow of
Vietnam because all doctrines practiced were built for
Vietnam. o Counterinsurgency is warf