How do administrative and organizational factors influence counterinsurgency? Using archival evidence, I and co-authors investigate how promotions, unit organization, and rotations affect counterinsurgency.
In both Iraq and Afghanistan, the US and Allied Forces have spent billions of dollars over the past decade trying to build effective local security forces. Yet, these programs have often fallen far short of their goals. What accounts for this shortfall? Using evidence from US training in Africa and the Middle-East, I investigate under which conditions training efforts are likely to be successful.