Structural analysis of gendered social networks in Afghanistan illustrates how opinions of international forces evolve in a community

Muslim women moving through a crowd, photo courtesy of National Geographic

In 2009, the U.S. initiated Female Engagement Teams to provide humanitarian engagement and medical care to female Afghans. By constructively engaging with female networks, Female Engagement Teams can better affect network opinions of international forces as a whole, helping counteract influences from opposing forces and promoting success in Afghanistan and increased global security.

Notional illustration of sample network topology

We appreciate the support in foundational work from the participants of the International Data Farming Workshop 23/NATO MSG-088 Meeting 5.