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October 06, 2009

Explaining Population-Centric COIN to the public

The question now is whether President Obama will listen to Gen. McChrystal and fully resource a counterinsurgency strategy, or if we will begin withdrawal under the guise of a counter-terror flag.

There is an important debate underway about what strategy we should pursue in Afghanistan. This decision is important for all Americans, but many don't have a very good understanding of the Population-Centric Counterinsurgency strategy advocated by Gen. McChrystal, the new commander there. The Warrior Legacy Institute had three of it's fellows write an explanation that doesn't require a military background. It is designed for you and anyone you want to share it with. We have not taken a position advocating one strategy over another and we will be releasing a primer on the Counter-Terror option soon as well. We believe that educating the public about the choices will allow them to make informed decisions about what they think is best.

You may download a PDF of the full report here:

A Primer on Population-Centric Counterinsurgency


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