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Caveats to Civilian Aid Programs in Counterinsurgency. The French Experience in Afghanistan

Caveats to Civilian Aid Programs in Counterinsurgency. The French Experience in Afghanistan

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Caveats to Civilian Aid Programsin Counterinsurgency
The French Experience in Afghanistan
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Amaury de Féligonde
December 2010 
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The Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri) is a research center anda forum for debate on major international political and economic issues.Headed by Thierry de Montbrial since its founding in 1979, Ifri is a non-governmental, non-profit organization.As an independent think tank, Ifri sets its own agenda, publishing its findingsregularly for a global audience.Using an interdisciplinary approach, Ifri brings together political and economicdecision-makers, researchers and internationally renowned experts to animateits debate and research activities.With office in Paris and Brussels, Ifri stands out as one of the rare Frenchthink tanks to have positioned itself at the very heart of the European debate.
 
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The author 
Amaury de Féligonde is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris. Having workedfor the
Agence Française de Développement 
and McKinsey & Co in Africaand the Middle-East, he was project leader in Kapisa and Surobi from July2009 to July 2010 (for the Afghanistan-Pakistan Interministerial Unit)
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. He isa former lecturer at Sciences Po Paris and is currently working for aninvestment fund in sub-Saharan Africa.Editor: Etienne de DurandDeputy-Editor: Marc HeckerEditorial assistant: Alice Pannier
How to quote this article 
Amaury de Féligonde, “Civilian Cooperation in Afghanistan: Some Doubtsand Costly Illusions”,
Focus stratégique 
, No. 24 bis, December 2010.This text was previously published in French as “La coopération civile enAfghanistan. Une coûteuse illusion ?”,
Focus stratégique 
, No. 24, August2010.
 
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The author takes full responsibility for the views expressed in this article, whichare not necessarily those of the Cellule Interministérielle Afghanistan Pakistan.

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