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An Outsider’s View on the Civil-Military Nexus in Afghanistan

Aaronson, M (2008) An Outsider’s View on the Civil-Military Nexus in Afghanistan RUSI JOURNAL - Occasional Paper. pp. 10-19.

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NATO has taken on a massively complex task in Afghanistan, of which winning the war against the Taliban is only one element. Recognition of this has led to a push for an ‘integrated’ approach involving relief, reconstruction, and development, as well as military activity. This is not as easy as it sounds. Development can only take place where the rule of law is respected and people have confidence in the ability of government to protect their interests. Neither applies in current day Afghanistan; the Government is weak, especially outside Kabul, and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been left filling the vacuum. In turn, this leads to unrealistic expectations of non-NATO civilian actors, which they cannot meet. More could be done if people talked to each other better, understood the limitations and constraints of each others’ approaches, committed the right level of resources and the right calibre of people, and combined to help drive improved performance from the Afghan government and its agencies.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
Authors :
Aaronson, M
Date : 2008
Contributors :
ContributionNameEmailORCID, MJ, K
Uncontrolled Keywords : Political Science
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published in Aaronson M (2008). An Outsider’s View on the Civil-Military Nexus in Afghanistan. RUSI JOURNAL - Occasional Paper 10-19 2008. RUSI JOURNAL is available online at:
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Date Deposited : 26 Apr 2012 13:19
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