Importance of Cultural Awareness to the Counterinsurgency Efforts in Southern Philippines
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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The Muslim insurgency in Southern Philippines has gone on for decades. The efforts to resolve it is heavily influenced by sociocultural dynamics that have developed and prevailed through the years. The Philippine military understands that awareness of these sociocultural dynamics is important to its counterinsurgency campaign. Understanding is however different from actually doing something about it. This study therefore endeavored to illuminate the importance of cultural awareness in so far as the Philippine Armys counterinsurgency campaign in the Southern Philippines is concerned and analyzed if the current programs of the Philippine Army have sufficiently addressed this aspect of the campaign. Further, this study should provide a factual evaluation as to gaps in the current counterinsurgency approach in Southern Philippines as far as cultural awareness is concerned. In the end it is the aspiration of the study to provide inputs that could eventually help improve the counterinsurgency efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Southern Philippines.
- Sociology and Law
- Unconventional Warfare