COIN and Collateral Deaths: Patterns of Violence in Afghanistan, 2004-2009
2012 (English)In: Small Wars & Insurgencies, ISSN 0959-2318, Vol. 23, no 2, 245-263 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Theories and counterinsurgency doctrines emphasize the importance ofavoiding civilian casualties. Yet,many operations produce large numbers of socalledcollateral civilian deaths. I present two competing arguments for whencollateral deaths occur. One the one hand, they could be the unintentional resultof offensives when trying to maintain force protection; on the other hand, theycould be the result of a deliberate choice of relying on indiscriminate violencewhen pressured on the battlefield. I use new data on violence in Afghanistan2004–2009, disaggregated by province and month, to examine what type ofbattlefield dynamics are more likely to produce high levels of collateral civiliancasualties. The results show that civilian casualties are particularly high aftercounterinsurgency forces suffer losses in combat.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 23, no 2, 245-263 p.
COIN, Afghanistan, collateral deaths, violence against civilians
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject Peace and Conflict Research
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-187368DOI: 10.1080/09592318.2012.642202OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-187368DiVA: diva2:574549