After Afghanistan, EU Crisis Intervention Should Go Big, Not Go Home

Somali soldiers trained by various European Union forces go through drills in Bihanga training camp, west of Uganda’s capital Kampala, Aug. 31, 2011 (AP photo by Stephen Wandera).
Somali soldiers trained by various European Union forces go through drills in Bihanga training camp, west of Uganda’s capital Kampala, Aug. 31, 2011 (AP photo by Stephen Wandera).
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It is difficult to speak of European ambitions for international crisis management against the backdrop of the images from Kabul over the past few weeks, which seem to tell a story of the failure of Western interventionist policies. But that discussion is urgently needed. Yes, it will be necessary to assess the lessons of the defeat in Afghanistan. But that war, with its U.S.-dominated state-building, is in many ways a special case that must be analyzed distinctly. In the meantime, there are many other global crises and conflicts in which the European Union, as well as the United Nations and […]

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