Monday, June 06, 2011

US projects in war zones are unsustainable:

Sunday, February 20, 2011

New book- 'Armed Humanitarians'

The theme is by far not new, but at least the title is provocative:

'It’s arguably the central story of the military during the past decade of war. Soldiers and Marines, trained to kill an enemy, found that to succeed in wars fought among the people, they had to teach themselves to be diplomats and development workers. They needed to address foreigners’ grievances and help them rebuild shattered communities — in some cases, communities the United States itself shattered.'

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Security Council extends mandate of UN force in Lebanon

UN deliberating possible Ć¢€˜light presenceĆ¢€™ in Somali capital

'UN peacekeeping in consolidation phase'

' United Nations peacekeeping operations have entered a consolidation phase, allowing the world body to focus on areas such as enhancing efficiency, planning and oversight, a senior official told the Security Council today.'

Friday, August 06, 2010

More hearts-and-minds policies- Taliban Code of Conduct

'Taliban Code of Conduct Seeks to Win Hearts, Minds':

Can aid win hearts and minds?

One article leads to some of the latest ponderings on the age-old question of whether aid can win hearts-and-minds:

Can Hearts and Minds Be Bought? The Economics of Counterinsurgency in Iraq

Do they think we're stupid? Local perceptions of US 'hearts and minds' activities in Kenya

Afghanistan war: How USAID loses hearts and minds