A.A. Cohen

A.A. Cohen is a senior infantry officer in the Canadian Army. He serves in the Reserves and works as a strategic international trade adviser. Cohen fought in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he was awarded the Chief of Defense Staff Commendation for outstanding initiative and motivation, and for his establishment of vital relationships with the local population. He is the author of Galula: The Life and Writings of the French Officer who Defined the Art of Counterinsurgency (Praeger, 2012).

For COIN, a trinity of attributes is needed to complement traditional military acumen: analytical intelligence, openness of mind, and broad culture.

Fifty years on, the US, once very critical of French objectives in Algeria, would yearn for an analogous conclusion to her own protracted war in Afghanistan.