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Title: The iron fist in the velvet glove : the application of classic counterinsurgency theory in Afghanistan, 2006-2010
Author: Halsne, Sigbjørn
ISNI:       0000 0004 7963 1533
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis examines the soundness of the claim that counterinsurgency theory is no longer valid based on the experiences from Afghanistan. It does so by analysing to which degree three members of the coalition adhered to the theories of counterinsurgency in their operations between 2006-2010. Initially the thesis examines classic counterinsurgency theory. It argues that this theory is mainly characterised by a primacy of politics, that the population is the centre of gravity and a concerted government effort. I further analyses the efforts of Norway, Great Britain and the Netherlands within the framework of classic counterinsurgency theory. In sum, this thesis argues the Afghan case demonstrates that classic counterinsurgency theory is not outmoded. Of the three states studied in this thesis, only the Netherlands can be said to have adhered to counterinsurgency theory in the execution of the mission.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: U Military Science (General)