Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan

Author: Seth G. Jones
Publisher: Rand Corporation
ISBN: 0833045202
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This study explores the nature of the insurgency in Afghanistan, the key challenges and successes of the U.S.-led counterinsurgency campaign, and the capabilities necessary to wage effective counterinsurgency operations. By examining the key lessons from all insurgencies since World War II, it finds that most policymakers repeatedly underestimate the importance of indigenous actors to counterinsurgency efforts. The U.S. should focus its resources on helping improve the capacity of the indigenous government and indigenous security forces to wage counterinsurgency. It has not always done this well. The U.S. military-along with U.S. civilian agencies and other coalition partners-is more likely to be successful in counterinsurgency warfare the more capable and legitimate the indigenous security forces (especially the police), the better the governance capacity of the local state, and the less external support that insurgents receive.

Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan

Author: Seth G. Jones
Publisher: Rand Corporation
ISBN: 0833041339
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This study explores the nature of the insurgency in Afghanistan, the key challenges and successes of the campaign, and the capabilities necessary to wage effective counterinsurgency operations. It argues that successful counterinsurgency requires effective indigenous security forces, especially police; a viable and legitimate local government; and the suppression of external support for insurgents.

Die Welt nach 9 11

Author: Thomas Jäger
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783531941738
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Im Jahr 2001 hielten die Anschläge vom 11. September die Welt in Atem. Zehn Jahre danach wird mit diesem Band erstmals umfassend Bilanz gezogen, welche Wirkungen vom Terror des 11. September ausgingen. Untersucht werden Entwicklungen in verschiedenen Staaten, Auswirkungen auf die zwischenstaatlichen Beziehungen und Transformationen des gesellschaftlichen Lebens. Die Effekte auf internationale Organisationen werden ebenso analysiert wie die unterschiedlichen Wirkungen auf Öffentlichkeit, Medien, Religion und Kultur. Dabei dokumentiert der Band die tiefen Spuren, die der 11. September hinterlassen hat. Er zeichnet nach, auf welchen Gebieten zuvor schon beobachtbare Tendenzen verstärkt oder abgeschwächt wurden, aber auch, welche neuen politischen und gesellschaftlichen Entwicklungen hier erst ihren Ausgang nahmen. Die politische Kraft dieses gewalttätigen und symbolträchtigen Tages wird dabei in ihren vielen Gestalten deutlich.

Security Force Assistance in Afghanistan

Author: Terrence K. Kelly
Publisher: Rand Corporation
ISBN: 0833052241
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Security force assistance (SFA) is a central pillar of the counterinsurgency campaign being waged by U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan. This monograph analyzes SFA efforts in Afghanistan over time, documents U.S. and international approaches to building the Afghan force from 2001 to 2009, and provides observations and recommendations that emerged from extensive fieldwork in Afghanistan in 2009 and their implications for the U.S. Army.

Permanent Alliance

Author: Stanley R. Sloan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1441182284
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This book is an interpretive analysis of transatlantic security relations from the preparation of the North Atlantic Treaty to the Obama administration.

How Terrorist Groups End

Author: Seth G. Jones
Publisher: Rand Corporation
ISBN: 0833046403
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All terrorist groups eventually end. But how do they end? The evidence since 1968 indicates that most groups have ended because (1) they joined the political process (43 percent) or (2) local police and intelligence agencies arrested or killed key members (40 percent). Military force has rarely been the primary reason for the end of terrorist groups, and few groups within this time frame have achieved victory. This has significant implications for dealing with al Qa?ida and suggests fundamentally rethinking post-9/11 U.S. counterterrorism strategy: Policymakers need to understand where to prioritize their efforts with limited resources and attention. The authors report that religious terrorist groups take longer to eliminate than other groups and rarely achieve their objectives. The largest groups achieve their goals more often and last longer than the smallest ones do. Finally, groups from upper-income countries are more likely to be left-wing or nationalist and less likely to have religion as their motivation. The authors conclude that policing and intelligence, rather than military force, should form the backbone of U.S. efforts against al Qa?ida. And U.S. policymakers should end the use of the phrase ?war on terrorism? since there is no battlefield solution to defeating al Qa?ida.

Courses of Action for Enhancing U S Air Force irregular Warfare Capabilities

Author: Richard Mesic
Publisher: Rand Corporation
ISBN:
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"The U.S. Air Force leadership plans in the near term to identify and implement a range of initiatives for enhancing the service's contributions to irregular warfare (IW) operations and to meet DoD guidance that directs its components to "recognize that IW is as strategically important as traditional warfare." This monograph is the result of a "quick-turn" study to provide the leadership with a menu of actions it could consider both in the very near term and over an extended period to strengthen and expand the Air Force's capabilities to take part in joint and interagency efforts in irregular warfare. Rather than developing detailed endpoints for Air Force capabilities or structure in the future--e.g., what the USAF could look like in, say, 2015--the authors propose solution vectors that could enable the Air Force to move out quickly while continuing to consider responses to emerging demands in a dynamic IW environment."--Rand web site.

Invisible History

Author: Paul Fitzgerald
Publisher: City Lights Books
ISBN:
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Presents the political history of Afghanistan, provides a critical analysis of U.S. policy towards the country, and reveals how it has been manipulated by the United States and other great powers.