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A U.S soldier patrols Baquba, in Diyala province about 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad November 3, 2008.Reuters

Given what we know now, would most Canadians be willing to send our forces back into Afghanistan? In the wake of the Iraq war, would Britons do it all again? What about Americans?

With many experts suggesting that the next conflicts will likely be smaller, more open-ended missions that last longer and offer fewer clearly defined goals, how do you get public opinion on your side?

Globe reporter Jeremy Torobin explores the issue in the Globe's Time to Lead series. (Click here to read Tuesday's story) He and Philippe Lagassé, assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, took questions Tuesday about the increasingly complicated issue of winning support for messy but necessary conflicts. (Read Mr. Lagassé's bio below.)

A replay of Tuesday's discussion is available below. Mobile users: click here.

Philippe Lagassé is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa. His teaching and research focus on Canadian military and defence affairs, the bureaucratic politics of defence in Canada, and how armed forces are governed and controlled in the Westminster tradition. His latest publication is Accountability for National Defence: Ministerial Responsibility, Military Command and Parliamentary Oversight, a study written for the Institute for Research on Public Policy.