Studying Host-Nationals in Operational Areas: The Challenge of Afghanistan

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    Decoding the New Taliban puts on display a number of approaches to understanding post-nationals in Afghanistan, from which militaries could readily profit. Two of the contributors to this edited collection have military experience of their own, but of very different kinds. Dr David Kilcullen, now a well-known writer on counterinsurgency and author of The Accidental Guerrilla, was formerly a lieutenant-colonel in the Australian Army. On the other hand, Mohammad Osman Tariq Elias was a mujahid in the Afghan resistance in the 1980s. All the other contributors are long-standing observers of Afghanistan who can claim the kind of familiarity with the situation on the ground that is often denied to those who see the country only on short-term rotations. As an edited collection, the book puts on display different interpretations of both the circumstances leading to the re-emergence of the Taliban, and the significance of this particular phenomenon. In this way, it allows for the kind of contestation of ideas that can allow knowledge to build up. The editor has set out not to impose a particular line of argument upon his con-tributors, but rather to find contributors who will have interesting arguments to advance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Research Methods in Military Studies
    Editors Joseph Soeters, Patricia M. Shields and Sebastiaan Rietjens
    Place of PublicationAbingdon, UK and New York, USA
    ISBN (Print)9780415635332
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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