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Political Science/Security Studies Jamie Ferrill

September 2022 - March 2023

100 Hours in Kabul - Multinational non-combatant evacuation operations (NEOs): Lessons learned from the drawdown in Afghanistan (with Tim Lannan and Christian Leuprecht)

This project analyses multinational non-combatant evacuation operations (NEOs), drawing on NATO's role in the drawdown in Afghanistan as a critical case study. The aim is to compare the principles of NEOs against how the final days of the Afghanistan mission unfolded, and how to ensure future NEOs are better able to deliver on assurances and expectations.

The first phase of the project offers critical insight into the consequences for the Afghan NEO of the political jostling that took place. The second phase systematically compares multinational to national NEOs.

The project will make a significant contribution to the relatively marginal scholarly literature on NEOs in general, and the even smaller literature on multinational NEOs, while offering a strategic and humanitarian critique of the predominantly instrumental and operational approach to the Afghan NEO that mirrors the difficulties of multinational operations that bedevilled the Afghanistan mission over 20 years. NATO’s civilian and military expertise plays an outsized role in preserving the international rules-based order by ensuring regional peace and stability. This project’s critical reflection on the Afghanistan NEO will inform strategic and operational decision-making, planning, and logistics for current and future international security and stability operations around the globe.


Dr Jamie Ferrill is the Discipline Lead of Financial Crime Studies and Lecturer in the same at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, Charles Sturt University. She is the co-Editor-in-Chief of Salus Journal. Jamie holds a PhD in Organizational Behaviour from Loughborough University (UK), a Masters in Homeland Security Leadership from the University of Connecticut, and a Bachelors in Criminal Justice from Mount Royal University (Canada). A political sociologist, Jamie’s research focuses on the role of human actors and ideology in organisational processes, as well as in transnational cooperation and collaboration within the purview of threats to national and economic security. Jamie has nearly a decade of law enforcement experience, having worked for the Canadian federal government prior to commencing an academic career.


Selected publication

Jamie Ferrel (2022) Police, Organization, and Wellbeing: An Ethnography

Abingdon: Routledge