Military Support to Post-Conflict Elections: Applying the Lessons of the 2004 Afghan Presidential Election
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Providing military support to post-conflict elections is a key task in stability operations. However, there is very little doctrine available to guide commanders and staffs in developing plans and operations to support the post-conflict election process. Using a case study on the successful 2004 Afghan presidential election as the basis, this paper examines the threats to the election process, proposes a conceptual framework for approaching the post-conflict election process, and examines operational lessons learned. The election process is presented as a series of seven stages and the role of coalition military forces in each stage is discussed.
- Government and Political Science