Afghanistan's Local War: Building Local Defense Forces

Afghanistan's Local War: Building Local Defense Forces

Afghanistan's Local War: Building Local Defense Forces

Afghanistan's Local War: Building Local Defense Forces

Synopsis

In Afghanistan, local communities have played a critical role in security, especially in rural areas. Afghan national security forces are important to the top-down strategy, but the Afghan government and NATO forces also need to leverage local communities to gain a complementary bottom-up strategy. This analysis discusses the viability of establishing local security forces in Afghanistan and addresses concerns about the wisdom of such policies.
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