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Dr Jonathan Goodhand and Aziz Hakimi published a report on counterinsurgency, militias and statebuilding in Afghanistan

20 December 2013

Professor Jonathan Goodhand and Aziz Hakimi, a PhD candidate at SOAS published a report on counterinsurgency, militias and statebuilding in Afghanistan for the United States Institute for Peace.

About the report:

'Much international effort and funding have focused on building and bureaucratizing the means of violence in Afghanistan. At the same time, parallel government and NATO experiments have armed local defense forces, including local militias, under the Afghan Local Police (ALP) program to fight the insurgency and provide security at the local level. This report—which is based on a year’s research in Kabul and the provinces of Wardak, Baghlan, and Kunduz—seeks to understand the role and impact of the ALP on security and political dynamics in the context of ongoing counterinsurgency and stabilization operations and the projected drawdown of international troops in 2014 .'