[Originally published by Royal Danish Defence College]

Local ownership is much contested both in theory and practice, yet it has still been promoted as an imperative part of the military capacity building of the Afghan National Security Forces. This paper examines how the concept of local ownership was articulated and negotiated in practice by military practitioners in Task Force 7.

The empirical data is based on qualitative interviews with Danish language officers and soldiers from the Danish Special Operation Forces deployed with Task Force 7 to Afghanistan during the period 2012-2014. The empirical findings present four themes in relation to local ownership at the tactical level.

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