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Improving the U.S. Military's understanding of unstable environments vulnerable to violent extremist groups : insights from social science

Author: David E Thaler
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : RAND, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Over the previous decade, operations associated with irregular warfare have placed large demands on U.S. ground forces and have led to development of new Army and Joint doctrine. This report helps analysts identify and assess key factors that create and perpetuate environments susceptible to insurgency, terrorism, and other extremist violence and instability to inform military decisions on allocation of analytic and  Read more...
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Thaler, David E.
Improving the U.S. military's understanding of unstable environments vulnerable to violent extremist groups.
Santa Monica, CA : RAND, [2013]
(DLC) 2013049801
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David E Thaler
ISBN: 9780833081643 0833081640
OCLC Number: 865452280
Notes: "Prepared for the United States Army."
"RR-298-A"--Page 4 of cover.
Description: xix, 96 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Gaining Insights into Unstable, Conflict-Prone Environments Through Social Science Lenses --
Factors Associated with Environments Vulnerable to Conflict --
Relationships Among Factors: Peru and Nepal Case Studies --
Utilizing the Factors for Analysis --
Conclusion --
Appendix A: Factors from Joint and Army Doctrine --
Appendix A: Factor Matrix --
Appendix C: Cross-Matching 12 Factors with RAND Case Studies on 30 Counterinsurgencies.
Other Titles: Improving the United States Military's understanding of unstable environments vulnerable to violent extremist groups
Responsibility: David E. Thaler, Ryan Andrew Brown, Gabriella C. Gonzalez, Blake W. Mobley, Parisa Roshan.

Abstract:

Over the previous decade, operations associated with irregular warfare have placed large demands on U.S. ground forces and have led to development of new Army and Joint doctrine. This report helps analysts identify and assess key factors that create and perpetuate environments susceptible to insurgency, terrorism, and other extremist violence and instability to inform military decisions on allocation of analytic and security assistance resources. The report focuses in particular on sources of understanding about these environments from the fields of sociology and cultural anthropology. RAND researchers surveyed existing sociological and anthropological theories and schools of thought and identified 12 key factors that give rise to and sustain unstable environments. The research found a relatively high degree of consensus among experts regarding the salience of these factors. The factors are interrelated and mutually dependent in complex ways. The report proposes a series of qualitative and quantitative metrics for each of the 12 factors and uses them in an analytic construct for assessing countries and regions based on their susceptibility to unstable environments.

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