30 Jun '15, 1am

Inducing Cooperation: Building Governance in Afghanistan: By: Aaron W. Miller Using interviews as backg...

The use of development funds or other sources of aid could prove just as ineffective as the imprecise use of combat power. Too much aid, or aid injected too quickly, created a power imbalance in a zero-sum environment, forcing weakened groups to seek to redress the power imbalance immediately. In time-constrained, uncertain environments like Afghanistan, violence is often viewed as the only recourse. There are indications that providing weapons – a la the Afghan Local Police – creates more problems than benefits. When the 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne tried to start Afghan Local Police Programs, some tribes were reluctant for fear of causing local conflict to breakout. Injecting money or weapons- changing the power dynamic in the area - alters a conflict. Operating in an environment characterized by uncertainty then requires that the the shift in power be obvious, but ...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/inducing-cooperation...

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