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The Afghan Mission: The Other Side of the COIN

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Author(s): Luděk MORAVEC

Journal: Obrana a Strategie
ISSN 1214-6463

Volume: 10;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 05;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Insurgency | Afghanistan | ISAF | Taliban | NATO | strategy.

ABSTRACT
This article called “The Afghan Mission: The Other Side of the COIN” brings an evaluation of NATO and the Taliban strategies in contemporary Afghanistan. The strategic choice of both actors is researched using the concept of the “centers of gravity” and confronted with a specific situation on the ground. Furthermore, additional attention is paid to the struggle for hearts and minds and its role in NATO’s strategy. The paper is concluded with the determination of a single center of gravity of the NATO-Taliban confrontation which is offered as the evaluation criterion for further steps to be used in the Afghan war.
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