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Queen's University
 

Centre for International and Defence Policy

Afghanistan in the Balance: Counterinsurgency, Comprehensive Approach, and Political Order

Charles Pentland

 

Working with Hans-Georg Ehrhart (Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg) and Sven Gareis (German Armed Forces Command and Staff College), Charles Pentland is co-editing a collection of articles by European and Canadian experts that explore three sets of critical questions that have come to dominate the latter stages of the international mission in Afghanistan. These concern: first, whether the doctrine of counterinsurgency, introduced officially by the US in 2009, can be implemented to lasting effect against a persistent and adaptive foe; second, whether what is now called the “comprehensive approach” can achieve the long-sought but still-elusive aim of seamless coordination among military and civilian actors at the local, national and alliance levels; and, third, how the outcome of the intervention in Afghanistan is likely to affect, and be affected by, the evolving regional and global order.  Their edited book, Afghanistan in the Balance: Counterinsurgency, Comprehensive Approach, and Political Order, will be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in the fall of 2011.  For more information, contact Professor Pentland...

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