During the counterinsurgency campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan Western soldiers found themselves operating and intervening in highly fragmented indigenous societies. These weblike societies are dominated by local authorities such as tribal elders, religious leaders, and warlords, who control the population at the grassroots level. Co-opting these local power-holders is instrumental in stepping up the collaboration between the local population and the counterinsurgents, while simultaneously diminishing support for the insurgency. Martijn Kitzen investigates this process of co-opting local powerholders in practice. He looks at the experiences of Dutch forces, both in Uruzgan at the beginning of the 21st century and in Aceh at the end of the 19th century.
M.W.M. Kitzen: The Cours of Co-option.
Prof. H. Amersfoort
Dr M.A. Fumerton (UU)
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