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The Canadian Strategic Advisory Team to Afghanistan: A Possible Model for a Multinational Whole of Government Approach to Defeating an Insurgency
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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The purpose of this monograph is to explore the applicability of the model used by the Canadian Strategic Advisory Team to Afghanistan SAT as a potential model of a whole of government approach WGA applied in a multinational setting in order to defeat an insurgency. In order to do so, a review of counterinsurgency theory points to the commonality of the need for the political process to be fully engaged and that a better understanding of the insurgency will lead one to better identify the relevant tools from within the WGA that can be applied. While the SAT was a onetime effort, the evidence derived from personal interviews with the architects of the SAT, as well as, journal articles and reports from within the three active Canadian government departments with influence over the SAT begins to demonstrate just how the team functioned as a WGA. Specifically, interviews were conducted to gather the intent and purpose of the SAT, how it interacted with the Afghan government, how it assisted in COIN, if it achieved the assigned goals, how it was to transition over time, and whether the model was felt to be sufficiently robust enough to be adapted into a multinational effort.
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