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5 - The USA in Afghanistan

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 June 2020

Barbara Elias
Affiliation:
Bowdoin College, Maine
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Summary

Detailing the US intervention in Afghanistan this chapter provides a list of policy requests from the USA to Afghan partners and the rate of Afghan compliance from 2001 to 2011. Providing a summary of the US-Afghan counterinsurgency partnership from the start of the US intervention to 2011, this chapter discusses several distinctive components of the Afghan-US alliance, namely the tension between US and Afghan officials, and an unusual pattern of free riding in Afghanistan not observed in other interventions examined in the book. Afghan compliance was affected by the convergence or divergence of US and Afghan interests, interacting with US dependency on Kabul to implement particular reforms. There are 148 US policy requests identified and detailed including working against corruption, expanding governance capacity, addressing counternarcotics, and aiding in development programs.

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Why Allies Rebel
Defiant Local Partners in Counterinsurgency Wars
, pp. 120 - 154
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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