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Cultural awareness and the U.S. military advisor in the Arab Middle East: A phenomenological study
by Kolaski, Gerard W., Ph.D., University of Phoenix, 2010, 417; 3446273
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative phenomenological study explored the lived experiences of 22 active duty and retired U.S. Air Force (USAF) officers at an Arab Gulf State military air base concerning their feelings and perceptions when working with Arab military counterparts to understand how differences in culture affect the working relationship. Research participants included advisors, instructors, or liaisons from four organizations working with Arab counterparts while executing U.S. military security cooperation and assistance goals. The study may have applicability for other service members who share experiences working with Arab or Muslim allies. Findings show that to work effectively with Arab counterparts, advisors require abilities in three key functions: 1) adapting, 2) relating and 3) influencing. Recommendations include need for more appropriate cultural awareness preparatory training as well as the need for maintaining closer working relationships with Arab counterparts. Recommendations also encourage U.S. military leaders and services to improve the selection, support, and recognition of advisors because they play a key role in executing U.S. security cooperation and assistance objectives. Finally, study results show a greater need to include Arab counterparts in U.S. training and exchange opportunities to instill the values, attributes, and processes that can improve advisor-counterpart interaction and enhance counterpart organizational performance.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Muirhead, Brent
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 72/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Middle Eastern Studies, Organizational behavior, Military studies
Keywords: Cross-cultural competency, Cultural awareness, Foreign military sales, Middle East, Military advisor, United States
Publication Number: 3446273
ISBN: 978-1-124-50354-7
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