Countering Global Terrorism: Developing the Antiterrorist Capabilities of the Central Asian Militaries

Countering Global Terrorism: Developing the Antiterrorist Capabilities of the Central Asian Militaries

Countering Global Terrorism: Developing the Antiterrorist Capabilities of the Central Asian Militaries

Countering Global Terrorism: Developing the Antiterrorist Capabilities of the Central Asian Militaries

Synopsis

The author offers a framework for improving the antiterrorist capabilities of the Central Asian militaries, including increased and focused military training with a special emphasis on Special Forces units. The training should take place within a regional train and equip program to increase effectiveness and efficiency. But, he argues, all assistance to the Central Asian states must complement broader diplomatic efforts to promote social, economic, and political reform.

Excerpt

Central Asia is a key theater in the war on terrorism. It is a region of fragile new states, all facing a wide range of challenges. Ungoverned regions—the cauldron of terrorism—are common. As the U.S. State Department notes, the United States, “learned a harsh lesson after we disengaged from Afghanistan in the early 1990s. We must not allow countries to become breeding grounds for extremism and terrorism. To prevent these destructive forces from taking root in Central Asia, we have intensified our efforts to help the countries of this area become stable, prosperous, and fully integrated members of the world community and the global economy.” the question is how to undertake this complex endeavor.

In this monograph, Roger N. McDermott offers a framework for improving the antiterrorist capabilities of the Central Asian militaries. This includes increased and focused military training with a special emphasis on Special Forces units. the training should take place within a regional train and equip program to increase effectiveness and efficiency. But, McDermott argues, all assistance to the Central Asian states must complement broader diplomatic efforts to promote social, economic, and political reform.

The Strategic Studies Institute is pleased to offer this monograph to provide Army and Department of Defense leaders with ideas for augmenting the antiterrorist capabilities of America's partners in Central Asia.

Douglas C. lovelace, jr. Director Strategic Studies Institute . . .

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