Remote Sensing and GIS as Counterterrorism Tools for Homeland Security: The case of Afghanistan

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Abstract

The classic buffer state of Afghanistan, created to avoid confrontation in the 19th century, has in the 21st century become a focal point for armed conflict that can only be alleviated by attention to the country’s problems, many of which can be studied or alleviated through geospatial technologies. Instead of the present weakness and ineptitude, a Marshall-Plan style of post-war rebuilding could have led to a robust Islamic democracy instead of re-energization of the Taliban and the creation of other problems hindering the country’s reemergence from its long national nightmare. Winning every battle could still result in losing the overall war for Afghanistan unless stronger redevelopment measures are undertaken promptly.