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Green-on-blue attacks in Afghanistan: causes and implications

The Australian National University

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (AEDT)

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"Green-on-blue" attacks are attacks by members of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) on usually unsuspecting members of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), including Australians. Green-on-blue deaths have been increasing each year in Afghanistan over the past four years. During 2012 to the end of November, 16 percent of ISAF deaths in Afghanistan have been due to green-on-blue attacks, with 60 deaths, including three Australians. ISAF mentors and trainers could become more vulnerable to green-on-blue attacks towards the end of 2014 as handover demands increase. These “insider” attacks have had a serious impact on the trust relationship between the ISAF and ANSF, and are undermining the transition process.

Clive Williams is a former Military and Defence intelligence officer. Since leaving Defence in 2002, he has been a Visiting Fellow and Visiting Professor at the ANU and has run Masters courses at several other Australian universities. He has also worked overseas running Masters courses in Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan and the US, and has worked in 15 countries, including Afghanistan. His most recent visit to Afghanistan was in April 2012. He is a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers and is an Associate of the International Academy of Investigative Psychology.


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Haydon Allen Lecture Theatre
The Tank
Copland Courtyard, ANU

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (AEDT)

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The Australian National University (ANU) is a celebrated place of intensive research, education and policy engagement. ANU is home to an interconnected community of scholars. The University is located in the heart of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

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