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"Soft" Counterinsurgency

Human Terrain Teams and US Military Strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan


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"Soft" Counterinsurgency reviews the promises and achievements of Human Terrain Teams, the small groups of social scientists that were eventually embedded in every combat brigade in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"An original, inside look at the role of militarily embedded social scientists in Afghanistan seeking to win the hearts and minds of the people. Paul Joseph shows the inherent contradictions in the fashionable doctrines of 'soft counterinsurgency' and the inevitable failure of any war based on occupation, while also illuminating the ethical compromises affecting social scientists who would conduct their craft under combat conditions." - Charlie Derber, Professor of Sociology, Boston College, USA

"Joseph's book artfully evokes the idealistic intentions of the Human Terrain Teams social scientists, the bureaucratic disorganization of a program in disarray, and an unforgiving wartime environment. This book is indispensable reading for anyone seeking to understand not just why this program failed, but why civilian and military employees of the Pentagon have difficulty working together." - Hugh Gusterson, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, George Mason University, USA

1. The Program 2. The Battle Space 3. 'Success' 4. Violence 5. Occupation

ISBN: 9781137404800
ISBN-10: 1137404809
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 110
Published: 6th June 2014
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.3