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Establishing Security during Pandemics

Since pandemics are global by definition, the United States must choose where to intervene when national interests and strategic objectives are threatened. As the 28 April 2020 PKSOI paper, US Global Stabilization Strategy for the COVID 19 Pandemic avers, sharing the response burden with partner nations, international organizations, and NGOs is pragmatic. Burden-sharing is a time-honored tradition among great powers and makes good strategic sense. To read more Click Here.


Stabilization during Epidemics

Since recorded history, disease has beleaguered mankind and at times precipitated epidemics and pandemics. As such, epidemics have ravaged dense population centers due to close communal association. Epidemics alone have never caused the demise of a great power, though disease did contribute to the failure of some military campaigns. While states have occasionally used disease to gain a tactical advantage, in no instance has any used epidemics as a grand strategy.  To read more Click Here.


US Global Stabilization Strategy for the COVID 19 Pandemic

In the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic, the United States should continue to confirm its global leadership. As a global power and largest contributor of foreign aid ($47 billion to 212 countries), the United States possesses the international prestige and trust to provide direction in the aftermath of the pandemic. Accordingly, the United States must inspire worldwide action, provide strategic guidance for international responses, and coordinate the effort through various organizations, such as USAID. To read more Click Here.


Sunsetting SOLLIMS - Stability Operations Lessons Learned & Information Management System

The Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) will sunset the Stability Operations Lessons Learned & Information Management System (SOLLIMS). The system will not be available after Friday, March 13, 2020. The lessons and resources archived in SOLLIMS have been moved to the Joint Lessons Learned Information System (JLLIS). JLLIS serves as the system of record for all lessons learned across the joint force. To read more Click Here.


PSI Bibliography

A team of researchers at PKSOI is looking to expand an annotated bibliography on Peace, Stability, and Irregular Warfare. We are focusing specifically on additions from 2010 or later, but are open to all submissions. All pieces of media (books, journal articles, movies, etc) are welcome. To submit Click Here.  Any questions can be directed to Thank you for supporting our project!


2019 International Concept Development and Experimentation (ICD&E) Conference- Madrid Spain

The Ministry of Defence of the Kingdom of Spain, in support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization – Allied Command Transformation (NATO-ACT), hosted the 2019 International Concept Development and Experimentation (ICD&E) Conference in Madrid, Spain from 29 – 31 October.  ACT is a military command of NATO that leads military transformation of alliance forces and capabilities through new concepts and doctrine.  PKSOI analysts, George McDonnell and Sarah Petrin, joined the over 290 delegates from over 30 participating nations. To read more Click Here


Reflecting and Reshaping Protection of Civilians in NATO

Ms. Claire Hutchinson, NATO Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) for Women, Peace and Security hosted a conference attended by over 70 academics and practitioners from the Protection of Civilians (PoC) community of interest. PoC within NATO includes all efforts taken to avoid, minimize and mitigate the negative effects that might arise from NATO and NATO-led military read more Click Here.


Exercise Justified Accord 2019

PKSOI participated in the U.S. Army Africa’s Justified Accord exercise at the Ethiopia Peacekeeping Training Center from 12-30 July. This exercise highlighted the important contributions the U.S. and African Countries, such as Ethiopia, are making to enhance the capability of international peacekeeping forces, particularly to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). More than 1,000 military, civilian and government personnel from Brazil, Burundi, Canada, Djibouti, Ethiopia, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Senegal, Somalia, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States participated in the exercise this year. To read more Click Here 


United States Strategy on Women, Peace and Security

The Trump Administration is committed to advancing women’s equality, seeking to protect the rights of women and girls, and promoting women and youth empowerment programs.  The United States Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS Strategy) responds to the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017, which President Donald J. Trump signed into law on October 6, 2017. To read more Click Here


25 Aniversary Video

The history and accomplishments of the U.S. Army's Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, PKSOI. This video compilation includes video clips from senior ranking military and civilian professionals that worked with PKSOI in the field of Peacekeeping and Stability Operations. To view videos Click Here


2019 PSOTEW Executive Summary

From April 3-5, 2019, the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) hosted its 14th annual Peace and Stability Operations Training and Education Workshop (PSOTEW) at the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. This year’s workshop provided a forum for trainers, educators, planners and practitioners from U.S. and international governmental and non-governmental organizations, military organizations, military and civilian peace and stability training centers, and academic institutions to share current challenges and best practices toward improving civilian and military teaming efforts in the realm of stability and peace operations training, education and planning.
To read more Click Here


Workshop, 6-7 March 2019, Pretoria Challenges Forum Leadership Toolkit Report Back

The Institute of Security Studies (ISS) and the Challenges Forum International Secretariat (CFIS) organized a workshop to report back and discuss the revised chapter texts of the forthcoming review of the Considerations for Mission Leadership in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (2010) in Pretoria on 6-7 March 2019. To read more Click Here


Peace and stability operations workshop strives to forecast future requirements

CARLISLE, Pa. – Peace and stability operations experts from the Department of Defense, Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development discussed plans for future activities in complex operating environments during a three-day workshop at the Army War College. To read more Click Here


Operationalizing R2P

This paper discusses the two prominent frameworks for the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), which refers to the obligation of states toward their populations and toward all populations at risk of genocide and other mass atrocity crimes. The 2001 R2P report by the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty presented three phases for R2P (prevent, react, rebuild). Subsequently, the United Nations articulated R2P in three pillars (state responsibility to protect, international responsibility to assist a state, and international responsibility to act when a state is unwilling or unable to do so). To read more Click Here


Military Support to Governance and the Rule of Law in Fragile States in the age of Pandemics.

The Department of Defense Directive 3000.05 titled Stabilization identifies that stabilization is an inherently political endeavor and requires aligning U.S Government efforts to create conditions to peaceably manage conflict and prevent violence.  The Department of State is the overall lead for Governance and other stabilization efforts.  The tasks and actions of the U.S. military in support of governance is to assist other U.S. governmental agencies, mainly the Department of State, to aid foreign nations and their people to share, access, and voice their opinion through non-violent processes and enjoy the collective benefits and services of their nation (JP 3-07).  To read more Click Here.


Lesson Report December 2019 - Partnering

This quarter’s SOLLIMS Lesson Learned Report theme is partnering.  Partnering is a broad concept in peacekeeping and stability operations, ranging from informal ooperation between aiding organi-zations and local authorities, to the doctrinal concepts embodied in Joint Publication JP 3-20 Security Cooperation. Click here to read the full Lesson Learned Report. 


Strategic Stability Seminar 2019

On September 19, 2019, the US Army's Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) hosted a one-day strategic seminar to discuss enhancing stability in the Indo-Pacific region by enabling our allies and partners to retain their competitive advantage. In its role as the Army's lead for execution of joint proponency for Peace and Stability Operations. To read more Click Here


PKSOI host Army Security Cooperation Planners Course

 The U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, in coordination with Headquarters Department of Army G-3/5/7 conducted the 28th offering of the Army Security Cooperation Planners Course (ASCPC) from 23-27 September in the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center at Carlisle Barracks. To read more Click Here


Lesson Report; September 2019

This Strategic Planning for Peacekeeping and Stability Operations (PSO) Lessons Learned Report supports the release of Army Doctrine Publication ADP 3-07, Stability in July, 2019. As stated in ADP 1 The Army “organizes, trains,and equips the force to conduct offensive, defensive, and stability op-erations . . .” (ADP 3-07, p. v) overseas as part of, unified land operations, the Army’s contribution to the conduct of joint operations, or Unified Action. “Stability is the set of conditions in which a local populace regards its governance institutions as legitimate and its living situation as acceptable and predictable.” (ADP 3-07, p. 1-1) To read the full report Click Here.


ADP 3-07 Stability

Army Doctrine Publication (ADP) 3-07 is the Army’s doctrine for stability tasks.ADP 3-07 presents overarching doctrinal guidance and direction for conducting these operations, setting the foundation for developing other fundamentals and tactics, techniques, and procedures detailed in subordinate doctrinal publications. To view and download ADP 3-07 Stability Click Here


JP 3-29 Foreign Humanitarian Assistance

Foreign humanitarian assistance (FHA) consists of Department of Defense activities conducted outside the US and its territories to directly relieve or reduce human suffering, disease, hunger, or privation. The U.S. military normaly conducts FHA operations in support of another United States Government (USG) departments or agencies. To read JP 3-29 Click Here


Guns or Growth: Lessons from Security-First and Civil-Society-First Approaches to Peacebuilding in East Timor

This case study examines conditions and situations faced by several United Nations peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions in East Timor with the goal of applying the lessons learned from their responses to similar dilemmas in future peacekeeping operations (PKOs). East Timor provides a unique setting for the application of theory to practice, as the successive UN missions (UNAMET, INTERFET, and UNTAET) each took different approaches in their attempts to overcome obstacles on the ground. By studying and critically examining specific operational decisions and the subsequent repercussions, readers will gain a better understanding of the debates surrounding the integration of local personnel into PKOs, security vs. civil society in the first stages of peacekeeping missions, and the use of Whole of Government vs. Whole of Society approaches to peacebuilding.
To read more of Jonathan Downs Case Study Click Here.


"Bury the Dead, Feed the Living;" - By Dr. Raymond Millen

Bury the Dead, Feed the Living is more than a history on Civil Affairs; rather, it is a detailed account of how the United States conducted Stability Operations from the shores of Morocco to the mountains of Germany. Dr. Raymond Millen’s book serves as a primer on preparing, organizing and implementing Stability in the course of a conflict. To read more Click Here


United Nations Infantry Battalion Manual (UNIBAM)

PKSOI's COL Ryan Wolfgram (2nd row 2nd from right) represented the United States as a member of the United Nations Infantry Battalion Manual (UNIBAM). To access United Nations Manuals To read moreClick Here


PKSOI's Professor of Stabilization, Dr. Rich Love Leads a Panel Discussion at the PKSOI / AUSA Strategic Stability Seminar

 "Hybrid methods of warfare including deception, media manipulation, sabotage and other nonmilitary tactics, while not new, are increasingly hard to counter given their speed, scale and intensity, which are facilitated by rapid technological change and global interconnectivity". Click Here to read more of Dr.Rich Love's article, "Beyond NATO: Building Neighbors’ Stability Key to Maintaining Alliance," available at AUSA.


PKSOI/AUSA Annual Strategic Stability Seminar

From left to right: AUSA President and former AFRICOM Commander GEN (R) Carter Ham, USAWC Commandant MG John Kem, former Deputy Commanding General to AFRICOM VADM (R) Michael Franken, and Commander, Allied Joint Forces Command Brunssum, GEN Riccardo Marchiò

For more info on this seminar Click Here




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