Shaping the War in Afghanistan
April 29, 2010
It has taken some six months, but the Department of Defense has now begun to issue meaningful and up-to-date data on both the course of the Afghan conflict and the implementation of the new strategy. This reporting includes a range of tables, maps, and charts (“metrics”) that cover many of the most important aspects of the War. Moreover, ISAF continues to issue steadily more useful assessments, including major update of the data on the trends in violence and threat.
These metrics are assembled, along with UN and historical data, in a new briefing on the war. It is entirely Shaping the War in Afghanistan: The Situation in the Spring of 2010, and can be found on the CSIS web site at:
The brief covers development in the scope of the war, the level of threat activity, and the ISAF and US response in implementing a “shape, clear, hold, build, and transfer” population-centric strategy.
Metrics cannot provide the depth of coverage that a narrative analysis can, but the briefing does provide an overview of the entire war, and one updated to April 2010. Key sections cover the rising levels of violence, the impact of IEDs, problems within the ISAF and aid donor communities, the new key district strategy, and problems within the ISAF alliance. Separate sectio