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Winning ‘Hearts and Minds’ in Afghanistan: assessing the effectiveness of development aid in COIN operations [WP1022]

This conference discussed the following points:

  • What are the main factors fuelling the insurgency in Afghanistan, and how can reconstruction and development programs address these?
  • What role does aid play in promoting stability and/or instability in Afghanistan?
  • How effective is aid in winning hearts and minds?
  • How can the effectiveness of development assistance in promoting stabilisation objectives be measured?
  • What are some of the historical lessons from Afghanistan, as well as comparative experience from other COIN contexts, regarding the effectiveness of aid in promoting stability?
  • What are the implications and recommendations for development and COIN policies of the research findings and field experience?

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