, Volume 86, Number 2

Michael J Boyle

One of the underlying assumptions of the contemporary debate over Afghanistan is that counterterrorism objectives can be achieved through counterinsurgency methods. In fact, counterterrorism and counterinsurgency are very different - often contradictory - models of warfare, each with its own associated assumptions regarding the role of force, the importance of winning support among the local population, and the necessity of building strong and representative government.

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