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The Limits of Counterinsurgency Doctrine in Afghanistan

The Other Side of the COIN

Author: Karl W. Eikenberry
September/October 2013
Foreign Affairs


Since 9/11, two consecutive U.S. administrations have labored mightily to help Afghanistan create a state inhospitable to terrorist organizations with transnational aspirations and capabilities. The goal has been clear enough, but its attainment has proved vexing. Officials have struggled to define the necessary attributes of a stable post-Taliban Afghan state and to agree on the best means for achieving them.

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