Showing posts with label strategic-communications. Show all posts
Showing posts with label strategic-communications. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Literacy Program on Radio Targeted for Afghan Women

A unique literacy program is being launched in Afghanistan that will offer reading lessons over the radio.  This, of course, is a novel approach; however, the people putting it together seem to have a good method of delivering the lessons.  Read more in "New radio program to help Afghans learn to read", Stars and Stripes, January 11, 2011.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Harm the Taliban do to the Afghan Population - Keep it Quiet or Let Everyone Know?

Many have stated that there are very few differences between how McCrystal and Petraeus are running the war.  One difference, although not a big difference, is the decision by Petraeus to spread the word on the harm the Taliban is doing to the Afghan population. Read more in "How Petraeus has changed the Afghanistan war", The Christian Science Monitor, December 31, 2010.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

"The Trust Deficit" - Afghan Perceptions of the Coalition Forces

A new report has been published by the Open Society Foundations entitled "The Trust Deficit: The Impact of Local Perceptions on Policy in Afghanistan" (October 7, 2010).  It is posted on the website at the link below (an Adobe Acrobat PDF file).  The document, based on interviews and research, has highlighted the fact that we (the coalition) are NOT executing our "information operations" campaign very well; and as a result, we seem to be losing the fight for Afghan public support.  In addition to a faulty Information Operations (IO) campaign (or are we calling it "strategic communications" now?) we are conducting operations and activities that alienate the Afghan population (airstrikes that kill civilians, night raids on innocent families, support of corrupt Afghan officials, detention policies, etc.).  After defining the problem the report then goes on to make several recommendations on how to improve the situation.