interactive web menu

Our Mission

The Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute collaboratively develops and integrates peace and stability capabilities across the US government, international organizations, and the community of interest in order to enable the success of  peace and stability activities and missions.


Free from PKSOI online: Establish Civil Security Training

The Establish Civil Security Training class will provide a foundational knowledge for the BCT commanders and staffs on Stability operations with a focus on establishing civil security in the immediate aftermath of combat operations. To access more information and the training module CLICK HERE.

Free Online Peacekeeping Courses

Ask Dave

Working on an important project? Looking for information/lessons on a particular Peace and Stability Operations related program or capability?

Just "ASK Dave"... Submit your request below






PKSOI Journal

PKSOI Journal The Peace and Stability Journal contains relevant and current articles and reports on ongoing Peace & Stability Operations (P&SO) events and emerging P&SO doctrine and concepts.

View Online          Download PDF

Subscribe to PKSOI Publications


SOLLIMS Sampler The Sampler contains a representative sample of lessons related to a specific P&SO topic – e.g. Women, Peace & Security. A new Sampler is produced on a quarterly basis.

View Online          Download PDF

P&SO Lessons Learned

PKSOI's Lessons Learned program is built on the collection, analysis, and sharing of Observations, Insights, Lessons, and Best Practices of particular interest to the global Peace and Stability community. The program is focused at the strategic and operational levels. Lessons Learned, along with a great number of Peace and Stability resources, reside in the SOLLIMS database - which provides an online environment for information-sharing.

Click here to request a SOLLIMS account OR go to SOLLIMS

Social Media
PKSOI facebook PKSOI Twitter PKSOI YouTube

Internships at PKSOI

PKSOI provides research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate level intern positions for PKSOI as well as various entities with in the United States Army War College (USAWC) and are dependent upon the student's area of study.  Interns are regarded as memebers of the PKSOI/USAWC staff with an assigned project mentor to provide direction and guidance throughout the internship session. Click here to learn more about Internships.

A group of summer interns engaged in discussion with PKSOI's USAID representative Professor Carol Horning
A group of summer interns engaged in discussion with PKSOI's USAID representative Professor Carol Horning.





PKSOI APAN Collaboration Website

PKSOI has developed an APAN site to establish a web-based community of practice presence for all Peacekeeping and Stability Operations organizations and practioners to collaborate and share information. The PKSOI Peacekeeeping APAN site allows the P&SO community a forum for collaboration. The site contains document libraries for P&SO doctrine and concepts, information sharing opportunities for the P&SO community contact information, a portal for the user to upload any authored articles, and a discussion blog. NOTE: you will need to register for an APAN user account and then request access to the PKSOI community.

Looking for Stability Ops doctrine? Joint Pubs? Current articles and other key documents?


Visit the PKSOI APAN** Collaboration Website


**All Partners Access Network (APAN) is a collection of communities developed to foster information and knowledge sharing between the U.S. Dept of Defense and non-DOD entities who do not have access to 'CAC-enabled' DOD sites and networks.

Featured Publications

Peace & Stability Journal, Volume 8, Issue 2

What's Inside! Highlights and working group summaries and findings from the 12th annual
Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Training and Education Workshop (PSOTEW) at the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.

Peace & Stability Journal, Volume 8, Issue 1

This issue of the Peace & Stability Journal features a report from the AUSA/PKSOI Annual Panel Discussion Event held at the AUSA Head Quarters building in Arlington Virginia. The theme of the event was AFRICOM: 10 Years in the Making as a Model for Stability.

Stability in Multi-Domain Battle

Multi-Domain Battle (MDB) is an operational concept developed by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) that describes ground combat operations against sophisticated peer and near-peer threats. In February 2017, TRADOC published a white paper titled “Multi-Domain Battle: Combined Arms for the 21st Century” to initiate the discussion of MDB across the Army and the Joint Force. TRADOC subsequently published a more detailed description of MDB in “Multi-Domain Battle: Evolution of Combined Arms for the 21st Century 2025-2040” along with the new Army Operations doctrinal series (ADP 3-0, ADRP 3-0, and FM 3-0) in October 2017.1 These documents are designed “promote thought and discussion concerning the methods and capabilities required to confront sophisticated adversaries” as well as “to inform further concept development, wargaming, experimentation, and capability development.

Stabilization: A New Approach to Whole of Government Operational Planning and Execution

The United States has a compelling national security interest to promote stability in select fragile and conflict-affected states.  Such an operational environment is complex and requires a whole-of-U.S. Government response, coupled with non-governmental and international partners and supported by the affected nation to achieve their own national goals.  Since 1947, the national security system has struggled to handle effectively the range and complexity of the existing global threats and opportunities. 

2017-2018 Civil Affairs Issue Papers: Civil Affairs: A Force for Consolidating Gains

The issue of the role of Civil Affairs in consolidation activities – across all phases and in particular the human domain – was the main focus of the opening workshop. MG Sonntag noted how timely this event was given how Secretary of Defense James Mattis and National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster (the 2015 Symposium keynote speaker) see the increased need to consolidate military and security gains into political and civil outcomes.

Program Management Approach to Stability Operations

This monograph explores how and why to pursue the integrated program management function as a means to improve the effectiveness of stability operations. Section 1 of the analysis defines a traditional military approach to stability operations and a traditional program management approach. Section 2 juxtaposes stability operations with program management to showcase already-existing similarities. Section 3 applies four program management domains to stability operations to demonstrate potential benefits. Section 4 highlights how the application of program management functions to stability operations is compatible with the interagency approach. Lastly, Section 5 discusses Army Acquisition Corps capabilities that the Army can modify to perform this role.

Stability Operations in Kosovo 1999-2000: A Case Study

This case study examines the intervention and stability operations in Kosovo from March 24, 1999 through approximately 2 years thereafter. Set during the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia and preceded by ethnic carnage in Bosnia, Croatia, and elsewhere, the intervention, named Operation ALLIED FORCE, was executed in order to protect Kosovars of Albanian descent from the ethnic cleansing of the Serbian leaders of the remaining federation of Yugoslavia.

Supporting, Non-Standard Mission Role: U.S. Operations in Liberia, 2014-2015, that Enabled The U.S. and UN Response to the EVD Outbreak

Operation UNITED ASSISTANCE (OUA), which deployed to Liberia between September 2014 and June 2015, provides an example of how a Joint Force can support a lead federal agency (LFA), in this case the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other interagency and international partners to end a raging epidemic of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

Protection of Civilians Military Reference Guide, Second Edition

The Protection of Civilians (PoC) Military Reference Guide is primarily intended for military commanders and staffs who must consider PoC during armed conflict, multidimensional peace operations, or other military operations, particularly when PoC is an operational or strategic objective. It is designed as a supplement to existing doctrine and other relevant guidance so that military forces can meet their obligations to protect civilians. The reference guide may also be used as a textbook for PoC training.

Peace & Stability Journal, Volume 7, Issue 2

This journal is dedicated to the outcomes from our annual Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Training and Education Workshop or PSOTEW, held from 5 thru 7 April 2017.  PKSOI’s 11th annual PSOTEW brought over 160 members of the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Community of Practice in a roundtable format.  Many roundtable concepts translated into PSOTEW workgroup initiatives and potential training and education solutions to mitigate numerous challenges facing the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations community.

View All Publications