What are the best practices for counterinsurgency operations?

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 What are the best practices for counterinsurgency operations? 

Institute for the Study of War Senior Fellow LTG James M. Dubik (Ret.), has just released the fourth report in our Best Practices in Counterinsurgency series: Creating Police and Law Enforcement Systems. This assessment of police training in troubled and developing states includes case studies from Iraq, Afghanistan and Haiti. The findings include important lessons for developing indigenous police force capacity, and provide insight into the ongoing security force development and security sector reform efforts being pursued on the battlefield. 

On Thursday,  ISW and the Reserve Officers Association (ROA) held an event “Police Training in an Age of Global Terror” to discuss the implications of the report. Watch the video to get the latest from LTG Dubik (Ret.) and Brookings  Senior Fellow, Dr. Michael O’Hanlon.

In a frantic week of deal making, Iraqi politicians have been traveling across the Middle East in an attempt to broker agreements that will assuage regional actors and ultimately form a governing coalition.   Meanwhile, Multi-National Force-Iraq Advise and Assist Brigades (AAB) continue to be deployed across the country.  Get the most up to date information in our latest Iraq Order of Battle.

In Afghanistan, NATO and Afghan forces are busy engaging the insurgency in heavy fighting with losses on both sides.  Operations continue specifically in and around Kandahar City where clearing maneuvers are underway in an attempt to secure the area, push back insurgents, and provide stability to the local populace.  See ISW’s latest Afghanistan Order of Battle to track the action.

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