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Culture, Conflict, and Counterinsurgency$
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Thomas H. Johnson and Barry Zellen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804785952

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804785952.001.0001

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(p.241) 10 Conclusion
Culture, Conflict, and Counterinsurgency

Thomas H. Johnson

Barry Scott Zellen

Stanford University Press

There is little debate concerning the impact culture has on conflict, especially in the form of insurgency and counterinsurgency. Recent history would suggest that the success of a country intending to invade and occupy another is in large part dependent on its knowledge and sensitivity to the relevant cultural processes and dynamics. Much of the cultural training given to deploying forces focuses primarily customs and courtesies, even though truly understanding a culture consists of much more. With that, U.S. and Collation forces have faced successive failures. Research on culture and conflict must be increasingly incorporated in to allied and coalition military operations. Scholarly works encompassed in this text significantly contribute to our knowledge of the cultural dimensions of counterinsurgency, strategies for effectively resolving them, and ultimately defining viable pathways for achieving peace.

Keywords:   Culture and Conflict, counterinsurgency (COIN), Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), Durand Line, Pastuhn, shura, pashtunwali

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