Status of US/ISAF Strategic Communications Efforts in Afghanistan
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"The summary outlined below is an initial attempt at such an investigation. Following numerous interviews and discussions with Strategic Communication (SC) and IO officials, professionals and scholars, including senior leadership based in Afghanistan, a status report was compiled in order to better understand current US/ISAF SC challenges and provide recommendations for the future. The US/ISAF's [United States/International Security Assistance Force] entire presence in Afghanistan is an information operation. All issues and complications US/ISAF and the Afghan people face are intertwined and interconnected - issues of security, reconstruction, jobs, education, infrastructure, corruption, etc. influence and affect one another. None exists in a vacuum and little progress can be made in one area without making progress in others. Progress in any area depends on the support of the Afghan population. The desired end state for US/ISAF forces in Afghanistan is for the Afghan people and people in Allied and partner countries to recognize and support the efforts of the Afghan government, the U.S., its Allies and partners in stabilizing and reconstructing Afghanistan. Ideally, the Afghan people should strongly support their government and reject insurgency, terrorism, and the narcotics trade. Achieving desired effects on audience perceptions is critical to achieving this end state."
This article was published in Culture and Conflict Review (Fall 2009), v.3 no.3
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