Constructive COIN: How Development Can Fight Radicals

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Foreign Affairs online, June 1, 2010

The United States' current approach to counterinsurgency centers on protecting the population, with a special emphasis on political and economic development. But does that development-based strategy work? In a study using data on reconstruction spending and violence in Iraq, the provision of certain government services does lead to a reduction in violence.