Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 100–115 | Cite as

Canada and the war in Afghanistan: NATO’s odd man out steps forward

  • Joseph T. Jockel
  • Joel J. Sokolsky


At the Cold War’s close, Canada was NATO’s ‘odd man out’, contributing relatively little to western defence. Today, Canada is the third-largest contributor of combat forces to NATO’s efforts in Afghanistan. Canada got into Afghanistan partly as an alternative to getting into Iraq. But fighting the Taliban also serves the Canadian national interest in combating terrorism and has dovetailed well with recent efforts to ‘transform’ the Canadian military and use it more effectively in overseas development efforts. However, the Canadian commitment to Afghanistan beyond the current February 2009 deadline is in doubt. Public support for the combat dimension of the Afghanistan operations remains weak.


Canada defence foreign policy Afghanistan NATO 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph T. Jockel
    • 1
  • Joel J. Sokolsky
    • 2
  1. 1.Canadian Studies ProgramSt Lawrence UniversityCantonUSA
  2. 2.Royal Military College of CanadaCanada

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