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Counterinsurgency LawNew Directions in Asymmetric Warfare$
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William Banks

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199941445

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199941445.001.0001

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Agency of Risk

Agency of Risk

The Competing Balance Between Protecting Military Forces and the Civilian Population during Counterinsurgency Operations in Afghanistan1

(p.108) 6 Agency of Risk
Counterinsurgency Law

Chris Jenks

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the counterinsurgency (COIN) operation in Afghanistan, with particular emphasis on the allocation of risk between military forces and Afghan civilians. It looks at the United States's emphasis on risk tolerance by soldiers as part of its COIN doctrine and asks whether such emphasis works as theorized in practice. It also considers civilian and military casualties as well as each group's perception of the risk they face, along with the risk allocation outlined in recent COIN doctrine and how that allocation translates from the conceptual or strategic level to the operational reality of soldiers and marines in harm's way at the tactical level in Afghanistan.

Keywords:   counterinsurgency, Afghanistan, risk allocation, military forces, civilians, United States, risk tolerance, soldiers, casualties, marines

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