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The Afghan Analyst
This website contains a large volume of information regarding Afghanistan and its culture. It contains Pashtu and Dari language resources, as well as an abundance of information relating to Afghanistan's government, business, military, humanitarian environment.
Keywords: Afghanistan, Politics, Language Resources, Afghanistan Research
http://afghanistan-analyst.org/Pashto.aspx

Kwintessential
This site contains many of the basic facts about Afghanistan that would be necessary for those operating in theater. This includes social etiquette, the make-up of tribes, many traditions surrounding the culture, etc… This site also includes links to cross-cultural awareness training as well as expatriate and cross cultural management training.
http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/afghanistan.html
Keywords: culture, management, language, Afghanistan, statistics

CIA Factbooks
These sources provide basic information for many developing countries. They focus on areas such as geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.
Index: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html
Afghanistan: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/af.html
Africa: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/region/region_afr.html
Haiti: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ha.html

Dynamic Planning for COIN in Afghanistan
This PDF presentation takes a cause and effect approach to analyzing the counter-insurgency situation in Afghanistan. This presentation utilizes Dynamic Systems Modeling which uses cause and effect relationships of specific parts of a system in an effort to increase understanding of overall system behavior.
DOWNLOAD Dynamic Planning for COIN PowerPoint Presentation
Keywords: Counterinsurgency Dynamic Model, Cause and Effect Relationship, Governance, Security, Economic Investment, Essential Services

Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) Annex A - Afghanistan National and Provincial Data
This resource located on the CALL website provides a large amount of information related to Afghanistan. This Annex provides useful information related to the demographics on Afghanistan's various provinces, national history, infrastructure, education, and health.
http://usacac.leavenworth.army.mil/cac2/call/docs/11-16/app_a.asp

Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) Newsletter 10-64 - Afghan Culture (SEP 10)
This PDF publication from the Army's Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) provides observations, insights, and lessons learned based upon the U.S. Army's experience working within the Afghan culture. This newsletter provides information on the basics of the Afghan culture and how soldiers should apply this information while living and working with the Afghans.
Keywords: Afghan culture, Cultural Training, Taliban History
CALL Newsletter 10-64 - Afghan Culture (SEP 10).pdf
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Fund For Peace
"The Fund for Peace is an independent, nonpartisan research and educational organization that works to prevent war and alleviate the conditions that cause conflict. [They] promote sustainable security through research, training and education, engagement of civil society, building bridges across diverse sectors, and developing innovative technologies and tools for policy makers." (excerpt from their mission statement)
http://www.fundforpeace.org/web/index.php
Keywords: Conflict assessments, Failed States Index, Stability Operations, Sustainable development, Country Profiles, Foreign Policy


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