Agency of Risk: The Competing Balance between Protecting Military Forces and the Civilian Population During Counterinsurgency Operations in Afghanistan

Counterinsurgency Law: New Directions in Asymmetric Warfare, William Banks ed., 2013

SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 151

23 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2015

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Chris Jenks

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Using both the International Security Assistance Force’s tactical directive on use of force in Afghanistan and doctrinal concepts from the US military’s counterinsurgency manual, this chapter explores the allocation of risk between the military force and Afghan civilian population. The chapter first reviews civilian and military casualty figures and then uses those numbers as a touchstone against which to consider each group’s perception of the risk they face.

Keywords: Counterinsurgency, Afghanistan, International Security Assistance Force, ISAF, civilian, military, risk, tactical directive, Operation Enduring Freedom, Taliban, United Nations, UN, UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, counterinsurgency manual, casualty, casualties, killed, wounded, McCrysta

Suggested Citation

Jenks, Chris, Agency of Risk: The Competing Balance between Protecting Military Forces and the Civilian Population During Counterinsurgency Operations in Afghanistan (2013). Counterinsurgency Law: New Directions in Asymmetric Warfare, William Banks ed., 2013; SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 151. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2546512

Chris Jenks (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 750116
Dallas, TX 75275
United States

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