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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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**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

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.

Peace & Stability Journal, Volume 7, Issue 1

Welcome to the most recent issue of the PKSOI Peace & Stability Journal. In this edition the PKSOI Director Colonel Gregory Dewitt will introduce the articles of the Journal, go over the past three months of PKSOI's activities and also brief you on the upcoming major activities and events. This journal will feature articles from PKSOI Subject Matter Experts in their respective fields and also include articles from PKSOI interns. The feature article is from PKSOI's own Commander Danny King titled: Migrants on the Sea.

Stability Operations in Haiti 2010: A Case Study

The stability operation in Haiti from January 14 to June 1, 2010 demonstrated how over a dozen U.S. Government departments and agencies worked together effectively in an unprecedented large-scale foreign humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (FHA/DR) effort. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, precipitated the operation. The Haiti action, known within the U.S. military as Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE, was not only a whole-of-government, but also a whole-of-nation and global undertaking. The United States played a significant role in the Haiti earthquake relief effort in collaboration with more than 140 countries and over 1,000 non-governmental organizations (NGOs).


2016-2017 Civil Affairs Issue Papers: Leveraging Civil Affairs

For three years now, the Civil Affairs Association and its partners have provided the Civil Affairs Regiment a way to provide experience-based feedback and advice to institutional and policy level leadership on the future of the Civil Affairs force through an annual fall symposium. These symposia result in Civil Affairs Issue Papers published and presented at the spring roundtable. With every successive year, the discussion has become increasingly impactful, improving the Regiment as a learning organization by advancing a unified, whole of CA force view of professional and force development discussion using this unofficial, collegial platform.

Past is Prologue: Abroad in Syria with the Ghosts of Iraq

In the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the short-lived Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance (ORHA) briefly held a mandate to lead post-war reconstruction efforts. The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) under L. Paul Bremer replaced ORHA before its plans could be implemented. Autopsies of replacing the ORHA and the consequences of the CPA’s subsequent handling of the Iraq mission abound, but they focused on the Iraq mission as a historical narrative. However, the United States (US) now faces a lengthening list of probable reconstruction and stabilization (R&S) missions in the near future. Rather than burying the autopsies, the contrast between ORHA’s plans and the CPA’s implementation offers instructive lessons for future R&S missions.

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