The Cost of the War and the End of Peacekeeping
Prepared by: Steven Staples and David Macdonald
Date: October 2008
- To March 2009, the total approximate cost of the Afghanistan War is $17.2 billion. It is projected to be $28.4 billion by December 2011.
- The cost and risk of extending the mission must be set against the prospect of achieving our goals; this cost will be extremely high not only monetary terms but also in terms of private costs to families and communities of lost and injured soldiers.
- Despite these high costs in a war that has lasted longer than the Second World War, the lives of most Afghans remain unimproved.
- The Afghanistan campaign has also meant the effective cancellation of Canadian peacekeeping, as peacekeeping funds have been diverted to military spending on Afghanistan.
Macdonald, David, Staples, Steven. The Cost of the War and the End of Peacekeeping: The Impact of Extending the Afghanistan Mission. October 2008.Read More