Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts FPRI’s Hal Brands Cited in The Hutchinson News

FPRI’s Hal Brands Cited in The Hutchinson News

FPRI’s Hal Brands Cited in The Hutchinson News


The Hutchinson News

As Hal Brands and Peter Feaver have described it, America has tried “a heavy-footprint counterinsurgency strategy meant to decisively defeat terrorist groups while enabling the creation of effective government institutions — in other words, nation-building.” It has also tried “a very-light-footprint approach, relying on drone strikes and the occasional special operations raids.” But circumstances in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria have led America toward “a medium-footprint strategy” in which several thousand U.S. troops help to destroy terrorist safe havens and work to strengthen local partners, without the duties and risks of full-scale occupation.

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