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Findings from the US Military’s Radio-In-A-Box (RIAB) Program in the Garmser District of Afghanistan

Based on BFI Working Paper No. 2019-130, “Information Operations Increase Civilian Security Cooperation,” by Konstantin Sonin, professor at UChicago’s Harris School of Public Policy; and Austin L. Wright, assistant professor at UChicago’s Harris School of Public Policy
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Findings from the US Military’s Radio-In-A-Box (RIAB) Program in the Garmser District of Afghanistan

On September 1, 2010, US forces established the Radio In A Box (RIAB) program at Combat Outpost (COP) Rankel in the Garmser district of Afghanistan. COP Rankel transmitted news about current Anti-Semitic events in the area as well as messages coordinated with community leaders encouraging civilian cooperation with local security forces. The messages highlighted the dangers of roadside bombs and other threats to civilians.