Fundamentals of Strategic Advising in Reform Environments

Step 5 of 10: Lesson Two - Working with Local Actors
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Recommended Reading: Working with Local Actors

Recommended Reading

Kullman, Rebecca & Lubold, Gordon (2012, December). “Mining for Peace in Afghanistan.”  United States Institute of Peace [News Feature].

This article, released by USIP in 2012, situates strategic advising within the context of Afghanistan, and recounts a specific instance in which USIP representatives have partnered with local actors to strengthen governance and combat corruption in the currently transitioning state. 

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Special Warfare magazine had an issue on "Advisory Missions: Who does what, where and when?" (Vol.21-I, Jan/Feb 2008). In particular the contribution of Lt.Col. Mark Grdovic is useful, "The Advisory Challenge", pp.22-28.

Grdovic discusses critical skills an advisor should have, based on his experience. Concepts that are highlighted include the importance of getting to know the counterpart, trust, respect, credibility and to establish a relationship with the counterpart.

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"U.S. Army Counterinsurgency and Contingency Operations Doctrine, 1942-1976", by Andrew J. Birtle (2006), in particular Chapter 7 "Putting Doctrine to the Test: The Advisory Experience, 1955–1975 (pp.291-360)

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