Reconstruction, the long tail and decentralization: an application to Iraq and Afghanistan
McNab, Robert M.
MetadataShow full item record
In this paper, we examine the current state of knowledge in the economics literature on the conduct of reconstruction activities in Iraq and Afghanistan. As stabilisation and reconstruction missions grow in importance for units deployed to these regions, it becomes more important to understand what activities can promote economic growth at the local level. While military operations focus on interdicting the insurgency, successful counter-insurgency campaigns have typically addressed the conditions conducive to the insurgency. Mitigating the incentives for individuals to participate in an insurgency is imperative. Well-crafted and timed reconstruction activities can, we argue, attenuate these incentives.
The article of record as published may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09592310701674234
RightsThis 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.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
A penny for your thoughts, a nickel for your heart the influence of the Commander's Emergency Response Program on insurgency Gorkowski, Justin B. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2009-12);Since 2002, $3 9 billion and $4 6.7 billion have been appropriated to Afghanistan and Iraq for reconstruction spending. The dollar amounts suggest that reconstruction is important in post-conflict environments, but how ...
O'Connell, Thomas J. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2008-03);Since the start of Operation Enduring Freedom nearly seven years ago, Afghanistan has made only very limited progress towards reconstruction. While they have experienced limited political progress under the framework agreed ...
Armstrong, Bradley J. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2003-12);International efforts at the stabilization and reconstruction of Afghanistan are confronted by a paradox in their strategy for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM that has crippled their ability to locate and defeat the enemy and ...