Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


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The Limits of Counterinsurgency Doctrine in Afghanistan

Opinion Piece/Newspaper Article

Karl Eikenberry - William J. Perry Fellow in International Security

Published by
Foreign Affairs, September 2013

Counterinsurgency strategy, as applied in Afghanistan, rested on the assumption that it was feasible for the U.S. military to protect the Afghan population, that foreign aid could make the Afghan government more accountable, and that the Karzai administration shared U.S. goals. But all three assumptions turned out to be spectacularly incorrect.