THE CULTURE AND CONFLICT REVIEW
The Culture & Conflict Review is an online peer-review journal produced by the Program for Culture & Conflict Studies, bringing you analysis of current events, policy, operations, and human terrain in South and Central Asia as well as other regions of the world. Premised on the belief that the United States must understand the culture and human terrain of other nations and peoples, we offer
commentary and analysis on issues of current interest to policy makers, military commanders, academics, and the
general public. We are particularly interested in issues addressing culture, anthropology, regional and identity politics, and the
contemporary role of U.S. forces in areas of conflict. New issues of The Culture & Conflict Review are published on a quarterly
Welcome to The Culture & Conflict Review
I am pleased to welcome you to the latest edition of our e-journal, The Culture & Conflict Review (CCR).
Writing to you from Afghanistan (Lashkar gah, Helmand), I can attest that our focus on this region is more important now then ever before. Security in Afghanistan is ultimately the foundation for any forward progress in development and reconstruction initiatives. Without sustained security at the district and subdistrict level we will never be able to reconstruct/develop the country and win the trust and the confidence of the Afghan people. ISAF and CJTF-101 forces are working steadfastly to route out Taliban and insurgent networks as well as providing support and leadership in reconstruction projects and initiatives. However, more effort and resources are needed in the short-term if we are to obtain long-term success in ending this insurgency and developing a prosperous Afghanistan. One key to this process is developing more nuanced “left-of-boom” tactics to mitigate one of our greatest problems, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). More than any other tactic, IEDs have become a convenient means for Taliban to separate us from the Afghan people. The effect that IEDs are having across the board on our efforts and especially mobility is incrediable. As one soldier recently commented to me in the Helmand,"IEDs have significantly reduced our mobility and are keeping us out of the villages; meanwhile IEDs have increased the mobility of our adversaries".
This edition focuses on a variety of topics spanning the spectrum of development and security-related issues. Specifically the articles address the emerging market for regional human terrain information networks, an analysis of the devastation of Afghanistan’s environment over the last 30 years and its implications on security, a look at the expanded role of suicide terrorism in Afghanistan, and an analysis of the hawala system and its implications towards financial stability.
The Program for Culture and Conflict Studies (CCS) at the Naval Postgraduate School continues to seek information, criticism, and suggestions from the academic community, personnel in-theatre, and the general public. We are always looking for new and exciting opinions and analyses for our journal. To submit an article, please view our Author’s Guide.
Enjoy the journal!
Professor Thomas H. Johnson, Director CCS
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