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Course Correction: My Term at Afghanistan's Graduate School of War

dc.contributor.authorSitaraman, Ganesh
dc.identifier.citationNew Republic 23 (2009)en_US
dc.descriptionarticle published in a popular magazineen_US
dc.description.abstractCamp Julien is surrounded by reminders of Afghanistan’s past. The coalition military base— which sits in the hills south of Kabul, just high enough to rise above the thick cloud of smog that perpetually blankets the city—is flanked by two European-style palaces built in the 1920s by the modernizing King Amanullah. Home to Soviet troops and mujahedin during the past decades of war, the now-crumbling palaces are littered with bullet holes and decorated with graffiti in multiple languages. Uphill from Julien is the old Russian officers’ club, dating from the Soviet invasion and featuring a recently refilled swimming pool that overlooks the southern half of the city. The pool is said to have been the site of executions in the 1990s; the condemned were apparently shot off the diving board. The project underway at Camp Julien aims to help the United States and its allies succeed where King Amanullah, the Russians, and even the mujahedin failed. Julien is home to the Counterinsurgency Training Center–Afghanistan, where U.S. and coalition forces are trying to teach themselves and Afghans how to fight a different kind of war.en_US
dc.format.extent1 PDF (5 pages)en_US
dc.publisherThe New Republicen_US
dc.subjectCamp Julienen_US
dc.subjectCounterinsurgency Training Center Afghanistanen_US
dc.subject.lcshCounterinsurgency -- Afghanistanen_US
dc.subject.lcshMilitary bases -- Afghanistanen_US
dc.subject.lcshMilitary education -- Afghanistanen_US
dc.subject.lcshUnited States -- Armed Forces -- Afghanistanen_US
dc.subject.lcshAfghan War, 2001-en_US
dc.subject.lcshPeace-building -- Afghanistanen_US
dc.subject.lcshUnited States -- Military relations -- Afghanistanen_US
dc.subject.lcshAfghanistan -- Military relations -- United Statesen_US
dc.subject.lcshUnited States -- Armed Forces -- Operations other than waren_US
dc.subject.lcshMilitary training camps -- Afghanistanen_US
dc.subject.lcshUnited States. Armyen_US
dc.titleCourse Correction: My Term at Afghanistan's Graduate School of Waren_US

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