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Supporting Stabilisation in Afghanistan the Royal Engineers’ experiences from 2002 to today

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Stabilisation is the process by which underlying tensions that might lead to violence or to resurgence in violence and a breakdown in law and order are managed and reduced. At the same time efforts are made to support preconditions for successful longer term development. This is normally the role of government however there are many instances where further assistance is needed. No one organisation can do all of this. It takes a combination of organisations and agencies to assist. A military organisation does not, and should not, have all of the capabilities required but it can help particularly in unstable areas.

The Royal Engineers have been deployed constantly on operations in Afghanistan since 2002. Specialist military engineers have assisted stabilisation throughout this period. Andy Szabo has recently returned from commanding the military engineering unit responsible for supporting the civilian led, multi-agency, Provincial Reconstruction Team in Helmand Province. He will examine the role of engineers in helping to provide opportunities for the people of Afghanistan to win security, governance and development for themselves.

This talk is part of the Sustainable Development Research Seminars series.

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