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Author Jones, Seth G., 1972-

Title Afghanistan's local war : building local defense forces / Seth G. Jones, Arturo Muñoz
Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corp., 2010


Description 1 online resource (xv, 97 pages : illustrations, map
Series Rand Corporation monograph series ; MG-1002-MCIA
Rand Corporation monograph series ; MG-1002-MCIA.
Rand Corporation monograph series.
Contents Introduction -- The challenge : protecting the population -- Local dynamics and community policing -- An analysis of community policing -- Organizing local defense forces -- Mitigating risks
Summary Security in Afghanistan has historically required a combination of top-down efforts from the central government and bottom-up efforts from local communities. Since 2001, U.S. and broader international efforts have focused on establishing security solely from the top down through Afghan national security forces and other central government institutions. But local security forces are a critical complement to these efforts, especially in rural areas of the country. The Afghan government and NATO forces need to move quickly to establish a more-effective bottom-up strategy to complement top-down efforts by better leveraging local communities. The Afghan government can work with existing community structures that oppose insurgents to establish village-level policing entities, such as arbakai and chalweshtai, with support from NATO. Effectively leveraging local communities should significantly improve counterinsurgency prospects and can facilitate mobilization of the population against insurgents. This analysis documents lessons about the viability of establishing local security in Afghanistan and addresses concerns about the wisdom of such policies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 89-97)
Notes Prepared for the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity W74V8H-06-C-0002
Subject National security -- Afghanistan -- 21st century
Internal security -- Afghanistan -- 21st century
Armed Forces
Internal security
Military policy
Military readiness
National security
Politics and government
SUBJECT Afghanistan -- Politics and government -- 2001-2021
Afghanistan -- Defenses -- 21st century
Afghanistan -- Military policy -- 21st century
Afghanistan -- Armed Forces -- 21st century
Subject Afghanistan
Form Electronic book
Author Jones, Seth G., 1972-
Muñoz, Arturo
National Defense Research Institute (U.S.)
United States. Marine Corps Intelligence Activity.
ISBN 9780833050809