Sunday, October 9, 2011

Is Counterinsurgency Working in Afghanistan?

A recent news report examines our counterinsurgency doctrine as applied to Afghanistan to determine if it is working. The report is essentially an interview of the director of the U.S. Army's Counterinsurgency Center - Lt. Col. John Paganini - who has recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan. Some of the questions posed include:

Is COIN working?
How do you counter Taliban intimidation?
How do you bring Pastun leadership into the process?
How long before we win the counterinsurgency fight in Afghanistan?
How do you apply the doctrine of counterinsurgency to Afghanistan?
How has COIN changed from the beginning of the Afghan War to present day?
Are we in the 'clear, hold, or build' phase of COIN?
What is the value of foot patrols?
Are counterterrorism and counterinsurgency competing or complementing strategies?
Is there a shift to counterterrorism?

Read Lt. Col. Paganini's answers in the news article.

"10 Years of Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan - Is It Working?", ABC News, October 8, 2011.

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