Counterinsurgency Redux? Dutch Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan 2006-2010

By: Andrew Majkut '14

Advising Faculty: William M. Rose

This thesis explores the complex, interdisciplinary study of counterinsurgency in the 21st century, and makes a contribution to the literature by testing the counterinsurgency best-practices established in David Kilcullen’s analytical framework and in the RAND Corporation's study "Paths to Victory: Lessons from Modern Insurgencies."

The purpose of this study is to determine which framework is best able to explain observations of the Dutch experience in Uruzgan, Afghanistan, from 2006-2010. Further, with the Dutch military being under-studied, there is the potential for new conclusions about counterinsurgency techniques to emerge.

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Related Fields: Government, International Relations