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Bemästra, bistå eller både och?: En kritisk studie av Provincial Reconstruction Teams roll och agerande i Afghanistan
Swedish National Defence College.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The specific task of this thesis is to illustrate the complexity of a cooperation between civilian and military entities by examining Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) and their role as an actor among others in the field in a war-torn Afghanistan.

By using counterinsurgency strategy as an analytical framework it has been possible to examine the civilian and military contexts closer. Underlying structures concerning the norms and interpretation of reality of the PRTs has been partly revealed. Studies of the PRTs as one significant bearers of "the comprehensive approach", which includes a holistic approach regarding the use of civilian and military capabilities, new conclusions can be drawn on whether a general civil-military approach can be a part of the solution for current and future conflicts. Based on the counterinsurgency strategy, the author has identified three themes as bearing and thus appears through the thesis as a foundation. These are Coordination, Development and Security. The empirical material is filtered through these themes as they are central to counterinsurgency and there by affect the PRT-concept.

This study leads to five conclusions regarding the integration of the civilian and military contexts. In summary the conclusions states that it seems to be no starting points for creating a robust culture for cooperation. The absence of common objectives regarding operation, competition between different narratives as well as parallel processes of development and security risks causing a counterproductive outcome. A single resonance must be allowed to emerge from a convergence of civil and military powers as to what should be the civilmilitary mission. With mutual trust and dialogue improved conditions can be shaped to build common ground and goals for what needs to be done in countries with similar problems like Afghanistan.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Counterinsurgency, Civil-military relations, comprehensive approach, humanitarian principles, humanitarian space, CIMIC
National Category
Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-1110OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-1110DiVA: diva2:397383
Subject / course
Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot säkerhetspolitik
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2011-03-14 Created: 2011-02-14 Last updated: 2016-04-27Bibliographically approved

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