In this audiobook Brian Wright uses family memories and extracts from Rudyard Kipling´s prose and verse to bring us a unique and personal picture of Britain´s previous involvement in Afghanistan. BACKGROUND: Afghanistan is frequently in the news today but it is not always remembered that the current conflict is Britain’s fourth Afghan War. The first was from 1839 to 1842, the second 1878 to 1882, the third in 1919, with continuous border clashes before, after and between. Basically, they all began because Afghans have always resisted foreign interference.WRITER AND READER: When the writer and actor, Brian Wright, began to look into his family history he discovered that his family, like thousands of British, Indian and Pakistani families, supplied the British Army in India with volunteer privates and NCOs, starting with his great, great, great grandad in 1804. His son, Brian’s great, great grandad, served during the first Afghan War, his great grandad fought in the second, and a great uncle in the third. His grandad and his father spent the best years of their youth guarding the Afghan frontier. RUDYARD KIPLING: Brian’s dad told him stories and left a few photos, but for the rest all that remains is bare army records. At this distance, it would be hard to imagine the lives the Grandad’s and their families led, were it not for unique echoes of them in Rudyard Kipling’s work, based on his experiences as a journalist just after the second Afghan War. After his death in 1936 Kipling gradually fell from grace but in recent years his remarkable skill as a wordsmith, his integrity and the inspiration he took from both his Indian and English heritage have restored him to his place as a major writer. In recent times, with new empires rising to replace the old, his military stories and poems have acquired new resonance. MUSIC: The banjo is played by Kevin Adams and the trumpet by Andrew Baker. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Wright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/crim/000005de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Armed forces across the globe engage in economic activities both in times of war and peace. This book provides a critical analysis of this phenomenon, comparing experiences with ´military business´ from four continents (Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin Amer
Military as an Economic Actor:Soldiers in Business
The Future Military-Media Relationship: The Media as an Actor in War Execution: Raymond R. Hill
Non-state threats and actors have become key topics in contemporary international security as since the end of the Cold War the notion that state is the primary unit of interest in international security has increasingly been challenged. Statistics show that today many more people are killed by ethnic conflicts, HIV/AIDS or the proliferation of small arms than by international war. Moreover, non-state actors, such as non-governmental organizations, private military companies and international regimes, are progressively complementing or even replacing states in the provision of security. Suggesting that such developments can be understood as part of a shift from government to governance in international security, this book examines both how private actors have become one of the main sources of insecurity in the contemporary world and how non-state actors play a growing role in combating these threats.
The contemporary military environment characterised by new technologies, advanced capabilities, novel knowledge and skills sets, and a increased participation of non-state actors is leading to a rapidly expanding, non-linear, multi-dimensional battle spac
This edited volume provides scholars and practitioners with an in-depth examination of the role of civil-military cooperation in addressing hybrid threats. As they combine the simultaneous employment of conventional and non-conventional tools and target not only military objectives but governments and societies at large, hybrid threats cannot be countered solely by military means, but require an equally inclusive response encompassing a wide range of military and civilian actors. This book, which combines the perspectives of academics, military officers, and officials from international and non-governmental organisations, resorts to different case studies to illustrate the importance of civil-military cooperation in enhancing the resilience of NATO members and partners against a wide range of societal destabilization strategies, thereby contributing to the formulation of a civil-military response to hybrid threats. Eugenio Cusumano is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. His research, published in leading security studies journals, concentrates on the role of non-state actors in military operations and humanitarian crises both on land and at sea. Marian Corbe is the Academic Advisor at NATOs Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence in The Hague, The Netherlands, and an officer of the German Armed Forces. His current work focuses on aligning academic research and education with military demands in the area of civil-military cooperation.
Civil-military cooperation as a vital part in the stabilization-process in Afghanistan:How is its meaning different within certain deployed military actors? Michael A. Braun
This book contains unique, firsthand experiences of both the military and civilian actors involved in civil-military interaction processes. It presents lessons learned from a variety of situations, from both NATO-led operations and UN Integrated Missions, and in different geographical areas, such as the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa. Rather than taking the improvisational approach, these lessons learned will enable military commanders and staff and their civilian counterparts in governments, International Organisations and NGOs to come fully prepared for the challenges of todays multifaceted missions. With a better understanding of the mandates and methods of the various civilian and military actors comes greater respect for each others comparative advantages. With respect comes smoother cooperation. And with that, efficiency gains and enhanced overall mission effectiveness. Each chapter contains solid analysis and advice, specific to the functions found in military organizations, from Intelligence to Personnel and from Logistics to Engineering. Cross-cutting themes like Gender, Human Rights and Corruption are also included in this work that brings together some of the best that practitioners and academics can offer. Gerard Lucius joined the Diplomatic Service of the Netherlands in 1997 and civil-military interaction has been a constant in his career. He was the Liaison Officer to the Netherlands Ministry of Defence during various operations in the Former Yugoslavia and a Development Adviser to the Commander of Task Force Uruzgan, the Dutch contribution to ISAF. As a consultant to the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) before the indepence of South Sudan, he coordinated donor support to the Joint Integrated Units of Sudanese Army and SPLM. He also worked as Political Secretary and Economic Secretary in Zambia and Qatar, respectively. Since 2002, Gerard spends a number of weeks annually as an active reserve officer in 1 (NL) Civil-Military Interaction Command, where he is a Senior Consultant in the Commands Political Network. Gerard was Counselor and Deputy Head of Mission of his countrys embassy in Baghdad from 2012-2014. He currently works on Antiterrorism and National Security issues at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. Dr. Sebastiaan Rietjens, an engineer by training, is an associate professor at the Netherlands Defense Academy, and a reserve major in the Netherlands army. He has done extensive fieldwork in military operations and has published accordingly in international journals and books. His main focus of interest is on civil-military interaction, effectiveness of military operations as well as logistics and information management. He co-edited volumes on civil-military cooperation (Ashgate, 2008) and research methods in studies (Routledge, forthcoming) and a special issue on defense logistics (International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, 2013). Sebastiaan is a regular speaker at the Cimic Centre of Excellence and the NATO School and has given presentations at numerous institutions and (academic) conferences including the Australian Defence Forces Academy, the European Committee on Security and Development and the US Marine Corps University.