General Petraeus: 'Learn and Adapt' Replaces 'Hearts and Minds' in Afghanistan's COIN strategy

General David Petraeus has provided NATO ISAF troops with his overview of how he expects counterinsurgency (COIN) efforts to play out in the face of ongoing challenges in Afghanistan. The commander of the U.S. forces in the region has deemed to make fast progress with the campaign by applying his wealth of experience and through methods some have called "artistic", and others "controversial". The COIN Guidance document declares an underlying ethos to "learn and adapt", with a provi...
To continue reading this story get free access