Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Determinants of insurgency activity in Afghanistan: A cross-provincial analysis
by Counihan, Michael Alan, M.A., Georgetown University, 2011, 54; 1491322
Abstract (Summary)

This paper presents an econometric analysis of insurgency activity in Afghanistan using province-level panel data from 2007 through 2010, using Coalition Deaths as a proxy for insurgency activity. Due to the limited years of the data, multiple specifications are used to test the robustness of the results. Analyzing several factors of social development and military feasibility, this paper finds that the most significant correlates of insurgency activity are a shared border with Pakistan, opium production, and school enrollment. These findings support current counterinsurgency doctrine and are consistent with Afghanistan's history.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rosenthal, Justine
School: Georgetown University
Department: Security Studies
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: International Relations, South Asian Studies, Military studies
Keywords: Afghanistan, Counterinsurgency, Development, Econometrics, Isaf, Opium
Publication Number: 1491322
ISBN: 9781124597720
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