Last week, Business Week ran a profile of Paul Brinkley, a Deputy Undersecretary of Defense who leads the DOD’s Task Force for Business & Stability Operations. It’s kind of a bizarre task force, and thus kind of a bizarre profile—resting on the assumption that the one thing Herat is missing is an IBM factory, for example—but the idea is certainly intriguing. I’m a bit skeptical that the DOD needs to be doing this, but I also suspect it is a function of the military having all the money and logistics—like all the time, so they just do it so it can get done.
Anyway, so last night I visited the Alyona Show over at the RT studios in Washington, DC, to chat about it.
We also discussed this excellent post by Michiel Hofman, about how aid has become militarized in Afghanistan. You should read that as well.
There’s a lot going on with both angles of the war presented here—a lot people do not normally talk about. I finally have some time and headspace to start thinking about them in a more systemic fashion; expect more thoughts on what this means, and how we can make it better, in the future.