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Tackling counter-insurgency and post-conflict reconstruction: recent experiences and best practice [WP829]

This conference discussed the following points:

  • What is the best strategy in counter-insurgency (COIN) operations?
  • What lessons can be learned from recent operations?
  • How well are democratic governments managing to prevail? What planning is needed for the complexity, uncertainty and risk of COIN operations?
  • To what extent is ‘intelligence’ the main problem?
  • How can long term security and rule of law be best built when also addressing insurgency?
  • What is the right balance between effective operations and protection of human rights and the rule of law?
  • How can violence be ended through political engagement?

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