Counterinsurgency and Human Security
A Critical analysis of the US Counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq, 2001-2014
Keywords:Counterinsurgency, Afghanistan, Iraq, Human Security, War on Terrorism
In this article I take up the counterinsurgency policy and practice of the US armed forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. By focusing on the Counterinsurgency Manual 2006, I highlight how the US counterinsurgency policy did not fully incorporate the concept of human security. Accordingly, the counterinsurgency operations that were carried out in the wake of the War on Terrorism failed to ensure human security to the vulnerable segments of the populations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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