Stephen Watts

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Foreign Policy Essay

The Foreign Policy Essay: The Limits of Small Footprints

Editor's Note: As the U.S. military draws down in Afghanistan, the large-scale conventional military component of the “war on terror” may be at an end. Yet Al Qaeda is tied to many of the insurgencies currently raging in countries around the world, and more broadly, sub-state conflicts continue to pose a threat to international peace and security. To confront these insurgencies, U.S. policymakers need a range of options for intervention, whether such intervention is undertaken in the name of counterterrorism, humanitarian concerns, or other U.S. goals.