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Author Ucko, David H.
Title Beyond clear-hold-Build rethinking local-level counterinsurgency after Afghanistan / David H. Ucko.
Imprint [London : n.l.], 2013.
Physical Description 526-551 p. ; 30 cm.
Notes Published in ” Contemporary security policy, 34:3, 526-551,
“Despite a highly uneven track record, clear-hold-build has remained a dominant, even universal, approach to counterinsurgency. Its prevalence is rooted in its incontestable sequencing of operations and the attendant promise of a linear path towards peace. Yet the appeal of this approach also makes it deceptive and possibly dangerous. Clear-hold-build is not a strategy and must not be mistaken for one, as it has been in Afghanistan, where it inspired false hope for swift progress. Instead, it is necessary to reach a more problematized view of this approach and of what it aims to achieve. This article provides such an evaluation, proposing five principles that should guide its future application. These principles point to the need for a far deeper understanding of how security, development, and governance interact at the local level. Counterinsurgents must understand the relationships between aid and security, between government and governance, and between state and periphery. Where the central government is predatory or lacks support, clear-hold-build also raises difficult questions of authority, legitimacy, and control – questions that counterinsurgents must be capable of answering. Thus problematized, clear-hold-build emerges as a framework with heuristic utility; a schema that can be helpful in planning but which must at the time of application be populated by knowledge, substance, and skill. The implications of these requirements aretroubling, particularly for those governments still in the business of armed intervention.”—(Abstract).
Subject Headings Published in “Contemporary Security Policy, 43:3, 526-551.”
Afghanistan – Politics and government – 2001- .
Counterinsurgency – Afghanistan.
Afghan War, 2001- -- Commando operations.
Corporate Body (Accessed 13 July 2014).
Accession Number 18911
Language English
Language Code E
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