A resource network strategy for Afghanistan

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Authors
Hartwig, Ryan J.
Subjects
Afghanistan
Afghan Local Police
ALP
artisanal
counterinsurgency
large-scale
mining
networks
rational peasant
resources
small-scale
strategy
Taliban
USAID
United States Agency for International Development
USGS
United States Geological Survey
USSOF
United States Special Operations Forces
village stability operations
VSO
Advisors
Arquilla, John
Lipow, Jonathan
Date of Issue
2006-09
Date
Dec-13
Publisher
Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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With NATO planning to complete the withdrawal of most troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, both Afghanistan and the Coalition need to define a positive long-term vision for the country. In this thesis, I evaluate a proposed approach to achieving such a visionsomething I call the Resource Network Strategy. In this approach, Afghan and Coalition efforts to develop the countrys considerable natural resource endowment are integrated with the U.S. Special Operations Forces continuing village stability operations in a way that establishes a sustainable long-term counterinsurgency effort that will defeat the enemy at the village level while securing the support of Afghanistans central government and minimizing the costs to the U.S. and its allies.
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Graduate School of Operations and Information Sciences
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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