The Netherlands in Afghanistan

  • Kathleen J. McInnis


This chapter explores the factors leading to the Dutch decision to withdraw its military forces (including a battalion task force) and Provincial Reconstruction Team from Uruzgan province without a follow-on mission planned and the subsequent decision to contribute a police training mission in northern Afghanistan. Given that ISAF was, at the time, so controversial that the mere notion of an extension of the Uruzgan mission led to the collapse of the Balkenende government, it is somewhat remarkable that the Netherlands decided to re-engage in any capacity. However, as this chapter ultimately concludes, the pull of Dutch alliance relationships within NATO was key in motivating the Rutte government to find a way to become re-engaged in ISAF as expeditiously as possible.

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  • Kathleen J. McInnis
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  1. 1.Congressional Research ServiceWashington, DCUSA

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