In last week's speech on Afghanistan, President Obama barely mentioned the so-called "civilian surge," an essential part of counterinsurgency doctrine. But Secretaries Gates and Clinton are talking it up, and government employees are being recruited from Agriculture and other departments. Will paving roads and building schools help win the "hearts and minds" of Afghans? Will they help defeat the Taliban? What are the prospects of blowback if big money is wasted in bribes and other forms of corruption?
Afghanistan and the 'Civilian Surge'
James Dobbins - RAND Corp - @Jim_Dobbins, Sarah Chayes - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - @CarnegieEndow, Masood Aziz - former diplomat, Afghanistan's Embassy in Washington, Stuart Gordon - Senior Research Fellow, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst