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From Principle to Practice: US Military Strategy and Protection of Civilians in Afghanistan

Suhrke, Astri

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During its engagement in Afghanistan, the US military seriously tried to mitigate the risk of civilian casualties from airstrikes only when called for by changes in military doctrine emphasizing the need to gain the support of the population. Consistent efforts by external political and humanitarian actors to reduce casualties by demanding more transparency and clearer lines of accountability for ‘collateral damage’ had little immediate, observable effect. The case study underlines the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSuhrke, Astri
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:40:59Z
dc.identifier.issn1353-3312
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/24109
dc.description.abstractDuring its engagement in Afghanistan, the US military seriously tried to mitigate the risk of civilian casualties from airstrikes only when called for by changes in military doctrine emphasizing the need to gain the support of the population. Consistent efforts by external political and humanitarian actors to reduce casualties by demanding more transparency and clearer lines of accountability for ‘collateral damage’ had little immediate, observable effect. The case study underlines the contingent nature of progress towards protecting civilians in armed conflict even when a military institution formally accepts the principles of customary international humanitarian law, but concludes that, faute de mieux, strategies to enhance protection through greater accountability and attention to the kind of military ordinance used remain central.
dc.publisherFrank Cass & Co Ltd
dc.sourceInternational Peacekeeping
dc.titleFrom Principle to Practice: US Military Strategy and Protection of Civilians in Afghanistan
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume22
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor160604 - Defence Studies
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5011857xPUB30
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSuhrke, Astri, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage19
local.identifier.doi10.1080/13533312.2014.993177
dc.date.updated2015-12-07T10:56:23Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84927688913
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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