The Commanders Emergency Response Program in Afghanistan: Refining U.S. Military Capabilities in Stability and In-Conflict Development Activities

33 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2011

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Gregory Johnson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Vijaya Ramachandran

Center for Global Development

Julie Walz

Center for Global Development

Date Written: September 6, 2011

Abstract

The U.S. military has become substantially engaged in the development and stabilization space and will likely continue to operate in this space for some time to come. Analyzing the Commanders Emergency Response Program in Afghanistan, we look at the scope and rationale for development related activities carried out by the U.S. military. Acknowledging that tensions have arisen between the development community and the U.S. military in Afghanistan, we discuss the scope for improving the U.S. military’s capabilities in carrying out development-related activities in in-conflict zones. Specifically, we propose five policy changes for the U.S. military - improving education and training for military officers, reforming authorities and doctrine, understanding the dominant sectors of the economy, monitoring outcomes, and increasing awareness of unintended consequences.

Keywords: Afghanistan, U.S. military, counterinsurgency, stabilization, in-conflict development

JEL Classification: F50, Z00, O53

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Gregory and Ramachandran, Vijaya and Walz, Julie, The Commanders Emergency Response Program in Afghanistan: Refining U.S. Military Capabilities in Stability and In-Conflict Development Activities (September 6, 2011). Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 265. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1931023 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1931023

Gregory Johnson (Contact Author)

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Vijaya Ramachandran

Center for Global Development ( email )

2055 L St. NW
5th floor
Washington, DC 20036
United States

Julie Walz

Center for Global Development ( email )

2055 L St. NW
5th floor
Washington, DC 20036
United States

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