The purpose of this research is to examine the decision making process that led to Obama’s decision to authorise a troop surge in Afghanistan. The opinion of this research is that Obama authorised the troop surge because he wanted to eliminate Al Qaeda and the Taliban and stop these groups from using Afghanistan as a base to attack the US. This research will analyse in the following order: rational actor model, bureaucratic model and belief set to present a convincing explanation of the decision making of the troop surge. Ultimately, the research concluded that the belief set is the most significant factor of Obama’s decision making process. This research is important because there has been very little literature on the significance of Obama’s belief set in the decision making leading to the troop surge. Continue reading Foreign Policy Analysis Essay: Why did Obama authorise a troop surge in Afghanistan?