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US Army War College Research Paper by Chaplain (Colonel) Kenneth L. Sampson, United States Army
This work argues that engaging Afghanistan’s indigenous religious leadership—mullahs and Islamic scholars—is critical to winning the battle of ideas within local populations of the Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) theater. Additionally this paper contends that United States Government assets are at a unique, timely convergence of diplomatic and defense history. The Department of State, with its newly formed Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, is best suited, over the long haul, to form the dynamic partnerships required to fully engage Afghanistan’s religious leadership.