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Evaluating the Success of the Commanders Emergency Response Program in Herat Province, Afghanistan

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Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

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The purpose of this thesis is to determine if the Commanders Emergency Response Program CERPachieved its intended goals in Herat Province, Afghanistan. The thesis uses a qualitative approach, gathering information and observations from CERP projects completed in Herat Province, Afghanistan. Satellite images of projects initiated in 2008 and 2009 were investigated to determine if they have produced long term, positive effects for the people of Herat province. Utilizing a list of 52 projects, it was determined that 54 of the projects had been successful while 6 were judged to be failures the results of 40 of the projects are unknown. The program was effective at achieving its short-term goals however, the long-term results will not be known until the Afghan government becomes self-sustaining. In future conflicts utilizing CERP-like systems, it is recommended that commanders and managers receive more thorough training prior to administering the program.

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