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Winning 'hearts and minds'?: A Critical Analysis of Counter-Insurgency Operations in Afghanistan
Institutionen för freds- och konfliktforskning, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2010 (English)In: Civil Wars, ISSN 1369-8249, E-ISSN 1743-968X, Vol. 12, no 3, 282-303 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article conducts a critical analysis of the historical lessons, theassumptions and the conduct of ‘hearts and minds’ approaches to counterinsurgency.This results in challenges. Theoretically the ‘hearts and minds’approach is rooted in modernisation theory and a normative Western approachto legitimacy that fails to live up to the expectations of the local population.The approach is also based on lessons from past successes such as the British1950s campaign in Malaya. However, a great contextual shift has taken placesince then and the relevance of past experiences is therefore questionable ina context of complex state-building in the wake of intervention. This also haspractical consequences as we seek to rectify the often misapplied approachesof today.

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2010. Vol. 12, no 3, 282-303 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-146700OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-146700DiVA: diva2:398791
Available from: 2011-02-18 Created: 2011-02-18 Last updated: 2017-12-11

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