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Author Arjomand, Noah.
Title Eagle’s summit revisited: decision-making in the Kajaki dam refreshment project / Noah Arjomand.
Imprint Kabul: Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN), 2013.
Physical Description 24 p. ; 30 cm.
Notes Summary: "The Kajaki Dam refurbishment project was sold to the media as crucially important to southern Afghanistan: the new turbine would provide an estimated 1.7 million people with electricity, fuel agriculture and industry, and be key in the counterinsurgency battle to win hearts and minds. Four years later, the turbine parts remain in storage beside the dam. This report by our author Noah Arjomand revisits the operation and explores why, despite widely recognised warning signs that the turbine would not be producing electricity in the foreseeable future, and at a time when insurgency was raging and British troops were spread thin in Helmand, the decision was made to devote such enormous military resources to transporting the turbine to the dam. The paper analyses the decision-making processes that led up to the operation and in doing so provides an important case study of how wartime development is implemented in practice, particularly when multiple organisations with different interests and ways of doing things are involved. ‘The decision to transport the turbine was made,’ writes Arjomand, ‘not because it was in some objectively logical sense the best way to serve the war effort at the time, but because it served the particular interests of the organisations that championed it.”—(website blurb).
Web Address (accessed 11 August 2014).
Subject Headings Kajakai dam (Afghanistan). Humanitarian assistance — Afghanistan — Evaluation. Military assistance — Afghanistan — Evaluation. Hydroelectric power plants – Afghanistan – Hilmand Province. Helmand River Valley (Afghanistan). Water resources development – Afghanistan – Hilmand River Valley.
Accession Number 19080
Language English
Copies 1
Record Number 16562