"Western governments tend to see power as synonymous with coercive force
when they use their military forces in irregular armed conflicts abroad.
Yet experiences from recent conflicts like Afghanistan and Iraq suggest
that this understanding of power is unable to deliver the desired
political ends. In an effort to better analyse and engage the political
dynamics that dominate such conflicts, this article points to productive
power. This theoretical perspective focuses on the micro-political
dynamics that create legitimacy and mobilise people, which seminal
counterinsurgency doctrines hold to be the goal."