Diplomats on the frontlines of counterinsurgency work

Asymmetric conflicts are fundamentally political in nature, and require the application of all elements of national power.

Daryl Copeland
Published: Wednesday, 04/28/2010 12:00 am EDT

Asymmetric conflicts are fundamentally political in nature, and require the application of all elements of national power. Success will be less a matter of imposing one's will and more a function of shaping behaviour—of friends, adversaries, and most importantly, the people in between.

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