War, Will, and Warlords: Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2011   [open pdf - 3MB]

"Two central questions and two related questions guide and inform this study. First, after over 10 years at war in the region, did U.S. and Coalition forces in fact finally get the inputs right? Second, what are the prospects for bringing some degree of durable stability to the region? A correlative to the first question is, how have the United States and its partners done in view of the ostensibly renewed and new insurgencies? A correlative to the second question poses, what is to be done to achieve some notion of sustainable governance and security? The purpose of this book is to explore the U.S.-led Coalition and the U.S.-supported Pakistani efforts in countering the Taliban/al-Qaeda insurgencies in both of these countries to date. The corollary purpose of this study is to learn from the efforts of the last 10-plus years, to discern best practices across both counterinsurgency efforts, and to craft recommendations for more effective counterinsurgencies and strategies."

2012 Robert M. Cassidy. Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
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