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This research paper focuses on the interrelatedness between the deployment of US Special Forces, in both combat and supporting capabilities, and the accomplishment of US foreign policy goals around the world. Using a qualitative methodology, this paper uses primary sources such as reports from Special Operations Forces commanders, CRS reports, and other forms of Congressional documentation to investigate the relationship. This paper will use three case studies to illustrate specific foreign policy goals: firstly, counter-narcotics operations in Columbia; secondly, counter-terror operations throughout the Middle East; and finally, counter-terror operations throughout the African continent. The implications of this paper indicate that the deployment of Special Operations Forces seeks to achieve specific goals of limiting the production of narcotics, acts of terror, threats to natural resources, threats to weak governments, and the development of advanced foreign special forces groups to act without direct US involvement.
"What Does Special Forces Usage Demonstrate About US Foreign Policy Goals?,"
Paideia: Vol. 6
, Article 16.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/paideia/vol6/iss1/16