Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan: RAND Counterinsurgency by Seth G. Jones

By Seth G. Jones

This research explores the character of the insurgency in Afghanistan, the major demanding situations and successes of the crusade, and the features essential to salary powerful counterinsurgency operations. It argues that winning counterinsurgency calls for powerful indigenous protection forces, particularly police; a workable and legit neighborhood govt; and the suppression of exterior help for insurgents.

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Pakistan played two particularly important roles. S. forces during the initial stages of Operation Enduring Freedom. Since Afghanistan and Pakistan share a 1,160-mile border, Pakistani leaders have historically viewed the ability to influence Afghanistan as critical for strategic depth. Second, Afghan insurgent groups have repeatedly used Pakistan as a sanctuary. These findings have significant implications for understanding the Taliban’s resurgence and assessing how they can be defeated. ” 25 Rashid, Taliban, pp.

3 illustrates, there is some correlation between government 16 For example, mountainous terrain, larger populations, and lower per capita income levels increase the likelihood of insurgent success. But indigenous government and external powers such as the United States can do little about these variables. Galula, Counterinsurgency Warfare, pp. 37–38; Fearon and Laitin, “Ethnicity, Insurgency, and Civil War,” pp. 83, 85. ” Byman, “Friends Like These,” pp. 79–115; Byman, Going to War with the Allies You Have.

48–52. 15 Richard Tapper, “Anthropologists, Historians, and Tribespeople on Tribe and State Formation in the Middle East,” in Philip S. : University of California Press, 1990). 16 Olivier Roy, Islam and Resistance in Afghanistan, 2nd ed. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990); Rashid, Taliban, pp. 1–13; Barnett R. Rubin, “(Re)Building Afghanistan,” Current History, Vol. 103, No. 672 (April 2004), pp. 165–170. 17 Both the United States and the Soviet Union suspended most aid in 1991. The Pakistan government, especially the ISI, played a particularly active role in Afghan politics.

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