Afghanistan: A Path to Success
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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After years of neglect, the United States has made Afghanistan the central front in the war on terrorism. Experts state that the resurgence is not the former Taliban, and al-Qaida in Afghanistan highlighted the limitations in the current strategy, which favored a top down approach and failed to consider the effects a trickle down policy would have on the population. This paper will analyze how a bottom-up strategy that recognized the power inherent in the regional government and its people, coupled with a top down approach could have accelerated the achievement of the stated strategic or U.S. national goals and possibly prevented the resurgence of the Islamists and the corresponding increase in violence and instability in Afghanistan. This papers thesis is that had the United States not underestimated the scope, costs, and difficulty of rebuilding a nation ravaged by decades of violence, it would have considered the importance of the regional and tribal government organization in creating a stable and secure Afghanistan. By incorporating these stakeholders in the nascent government, it is possible that a secure environment would have emerged leading to political and economic reform.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics