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Located in Kabul, Afghanistan, CAPS is an independent, research centre that strives to conduct action-oriented research which will influence policy-makers. It works diligently towards building local capacity to produce conflict and threat assessments that will influence the safety and security of the people serving the governments, and international aid organizations.
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Aug 26, 2007
CAPS addresses the Defense Attaches Association of Kabul

Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies’ (CAPS) director and analysts were invited by Colonel Richard S. Girven, the U.S. Military Attaché in Kabul, to address the Defense Attachés during a luncheon. The Defense Attaché luncheon is an occasional event organized by the Defense Attachés Association of Kabul (DAAK) where attachés from all Embassies in Kabul come together to share ideas, insight and network. CAPS was invited to be introduced to attachés from more than two dozen countries, and discuss issues related to the current state of political and security developments in the country. 

CAPS director Hekmat Karzai presented briefly on the centre’s work around analyzing motivation factors that lead to the increase or stability in insurgent numbers despite them taking heavy casualties. Mr. Karzai elaborated that it is naïve to expect that the more insurgents killed on the field translates to fewer left to be fought. Rather, some of the counter-insurgency operations that are disproportionate and insensitive in nature, yet sometimes yield a couple of insurgent casualties actually play into the hands of the insurgents. CAPS has identified factors that serve as key motivations, which have led to people joining the insurgency, they include: financial, ill-governance, revenge, some ‘maddrassas’ and ideology. Each of these factors has a varying degree of influence over adding to the zest and number of the insurgency. The centre will be publishing a detailed analyses of the motivations of the insurgents in the near future.  

Other issues discussed by CAPS analysts with DAAK members and Embassy personal during the lunch included the recent Joint Peace Jirga and sub-national governance. CAPS researchers and analysts Dr. Najib Ur Rahman Manalai, Kamran Sartoor, Halim Kousary and Haseeb Humayoon accompanied director Hekmat Karzai to the lunch.

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