An explanation for this significant paradox is then found in the analysis of three notable theories on counterinsurgent and insurgent strategy and culture, and on military culture and organizational learning.
The paper’s principle arguments are therefore that the campaign in Afghanistan know what needs to be corrected regarding cultural awareness; but that institutional culture and organizational learning difficulties are presenting a barrier to necessary adaptation.
Counterinsurgency (COIN) has therefore become a critically important issue in international affairs.
Accordingly, this paper explains why a lack of cultural awareness will condemn a counterinsurgency to almost certain defeat, and subsequently link this statement’s accuracy to the current campaign in Afghanistan.
An initial analysis of the Afghan campaign in terms of perceived ethnocentrism and a lack of an attempt to positively influence perceptions demonstrates this point effectively.
Consequently, an analysis of the successful integration of cultural awareness in historical counterinsurgencies in Malaya, Vietnam and Dhofar, serves to prove that the two most prominent counterinsurgent actors in Afghanistan today have a strong historical precedent for doing what they are not today.
S.) launched Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and overthrew the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Having been removed from power, the Taliban set about establishing themselves as an insurgent movement hidden within and outside the country. In the author’s view, this is certainly the case in Afghanistan.
Since then, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which currently constitutes troops from forty-seven nations, has struggled to establish nationwide security and defeat the Taliban insurgents. This apparent paradoxical reality poses a significant danger to international stability, and is therefore a puzzle that urgently needs solving. This paper aims to explain why a lack of such awareness will condemn a counterinsurgency to almost certain defeat, and then to link this statement’s accuracy to the current campaign in Afghanistan, and thereby suggest potential improvements.In order to do this, three distinct theoretical and analytical angles will be separately examined.This content was written by a student and assessed as part of a university degree.E-IR publishes student essays & dissertations to allow our readers to broaden their understanding of what is possible when answering similar questions in their own studies.How has an absence of “cultural awareness” disadvantaged the ongoing counterinsurgency effort in Afghanistan?The current campaign in Afghanistan has lasted for over nine years and the Taliban has grown into a formidable insurgency, seemingly capable of enforcing a stalemate upon the world’s most powerful militaries.