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War and Society in AfghanistanFrom the Mughals to the Americans, 1500–2013$
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Kaushik Roy

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198099109

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099109.001.0001

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Afghanistan and the Nature of Future Conflicts

Afghanistan and the Nature of Future Conflicts

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War and Society in Afghanistan

Kaushik Roy

Oxford University Press

Discussion about the nature of warfare in Afghanistan is related with several bigger inter-related debates in the field of military history. First, is the world witnessing a Military Revolution, or a Military Technical Revolution/Revolution in Military Affairs at the dawn of the new millennium? Second, is conventional warfare dead? Third, are we witnessing a new form of insurgency and is it part of the so-called Eastern Way of Warfare? Fourth, does it mean that counter-insurgency in Afghanistan is part of the West’s ongoing Global War on Terror? Last, is the paradigm of war culled from the Afghan experience the only possible paradigm of war for the future or are other alternatives also possible? The author explores these questions in the chapter.

Keywords:   Afghan experience, USA, military revolution, revolution in military affairs, military technical revolution, COIN, Global War on Terror, future warfare

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