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PKSOI Publications

The Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute is committed to support the Peace and Stability Operations community with high quality publications developed through a disciplined approach to research and analysis that addresses USG and international policy-relevant issues at both the national / strategic level and in support of the US and multinational operational forces and interagency elements. Through our comprehensive publications program we look to provide visibility to the challenging Peace and Stability Operations issues facing the nation and the world and hopefully stimulate thought and analysis to come to recommendations and solutions to tough problems.

For publication submission please refer to our format guides and Publications Style Guide then submit to the Publications Coordinator.

July 28, 2016
Stability Operations in Somalia 1992-1993: A Case Study
Stability Operations in Somalia 1992-1993: A Case Study

This stability operations case study project emerged from a Joint Requirements Oversight Council task to examine how Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) institutions teach operational planning for steady-state peacekeeping and stability operations. The Joint Staff J-7 requested the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI), as the Joint Proponent for Peace and Stability Operations, accomplish a number of tasks to improve JPME curricula. As part of this effort, PKSOI is developing a series of professionally focused, historical case studies of successful joint peacekeeping and stability operations. The purpose of these case studies is to provide balanced analyses of the strategic conditions and guidance underlying each selected operation, and describe how military leaders successfully interpreted and implemented this guidance during the conduct of joint operations.

By Glenn M. Harned
May 19, 2016
Impunity: Countering Illicit Power in War and Transition
Impunity: Countering Illicit Power in War and Transition

Foreword by Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster (USA) Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center and Deputy Commanding General, Futures, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

The case studies and analyses in this volume make clear that understanding the dynamics associated with illicit power and state weakness is essential to preventing or resolving armed conflict. These case studies also point out that confronting illicit power requires coping with political and human dynamics in complex, uncertain environments. People fight today for the same fundamental reasons the Greek historian Thucydides identified nearly 2,500 years ago: fear, honor and interests.

By Edited by Michael Miklaucic and Michelle Hughes
March 9, 2016
Volume 2, 2015-2016 Civil Affairs Issue Papers: Civil Affairs: A Force for Engagement and Conflict Prevention
Volume 2, 2015-2016 Civil Affairs Issue Papers: Civil Affairs: A Force for Engagement and Conflict Prevention

The following CA award winning issues papers clearly illustrate many of the impending challenges for the CA force, and we recognize their innovative concepts and insight.
• First Place: "Renewed Relevance: CA Develop Human Networks for Effective Engagement," by Maj. Arnel P. David.
• Second Place: "From Green to Blue: U.S. Army Civil Affairs and International Police Engagement," by Capt. Rob Kobol, and "Civil Engagement as a Tool for Conflict Prevention: A Case Study," by Capt. Tammy Sloulin and Lt. Col. Steve Lewis.
• Third Place: "The Role of Civil Affairs in Counter-Unconventional Warfare," by Maj. Shafi Saiduddin.
• Fourth Place: "Civil Affairs Forces, U.S. Army Reserve, National Guard, and State Partnership Program: Is There Room for Engagement?" by Maj. David E. Leiva and Maj. John Nonnemaker.

By Edited by Christopher Holshek and John C. Church Jr.
January 26, 2016
The Evolving Contingency Contracting Market: Private Sector Self-Regulation and United States Government Monitoring of Procurement of Stability Operations Services
The Evolving Contingency Contracting Market: Private Sector Self-Regulation and United States Government Monitoring of Procurement of Stability Operations Services

The activities of private companies in combat operations and complex environments have traditionally drawn minimal attention when compared to their historic presence in such settings; yet in the last twenty years the services of these companies have grown to become a seemingly indispensable part of the modern western stabilization arsenal, as well as the subject of much media attention.

By Whitney Grespin
September 1, 2015
Climate Change: Considerations for Geographic Combatant Commands
Climate Change: Considerations for Geographic Combatant Commands

Author: Colonel Jason A. Kirk

DoD’s Geographic Combatant Commands (GCCs) have the imperative to assess their Theater Campaign Plans in response to DoD’s recent 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap. As a “case-study” relevant to all GCCs this paper analyzes the risks and opportunities facing U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in reviewing climate change impacts primarily in the Caribbean region of its Area of Operations.

July 2, 2015
Religion: A Missing Component of Professional Military Education
Religion: A Missing Component of Professional Military Education

Author: Thomas G. Matyok, Ph.D., PKSOI

In this study, Dr. Thomas Matyok dares us, as military planners and conflict analysts, to think more deeply about religion. Since religion can be a major driver of both peace and violence, Dr. Matyok argues that we need to do better at recognizing how religious factors play out in shaping human motivations and aspirations in conflict situations.

June 3, 2015
Professionalizing Ministerial Advising
Professionalizing Ministerial Advising

Author: Professor Raymond Millen, PKSOI

In this study, Professor Raymond Millen has identified a persistent challenge in U.S. efforts to provide effective security cooperation and capacity building with fragile and failing states – the realm of ministerial advising. From his research and analysis, Professor Millen concludes by recommending the establishment of a professional ministerial corps.

February 20, 2015
The Future of Civil Affairs
The Future of Civil Affairs

Editor: Christopher Holshek & John C. Church, Jr.

The purpose of this paper is to provide a platform for the broader Civil Affairs community to communicate to important opinion leaders in the Executive and Legislative branches, as well as key military commands and institutions, what it thinks the ‘way-ahead’ should be for Civil Affairs, utilizing experienced operators rather than the just the usual Think-Tank approach.

November 26, 2014
Training Scenarios: Preparing to Prevent
Training Scenarios: Preparing to Prevent

Editor: Dwight Raymond, PKSOI

This handbook was developed by PKSOI at the U.S. Army War College in Sept, 2014 - a product of the U.S. AFRICOM conference on Women, Peace, and Security. The handbook contains training scenarios to help military leaders and trainers address conflict-related sexual violence in the context of peacekeeping missions. It begins with an overview of conflict-related sexual violence, then provides situational information as background for the eight training scenarios. Users of this document are encouraged to modify the material as appropriate to support their particular training requirements.

November 24, 2014
Sustainable Transportation: Strategy for Security, Prosperity and Peace
Sustainable Transportation: Strategy for Security, Prosperity and Peace

Author: LTC James P. Allen and COL Blace C. Albert

Transportation is the "web of union", and sustainability of systems relies upon political will. Sustainable transportation is the result of intentional policy at the strategic level and potentiates unified governance and economic growth. This paper proposes that a long term vision and four key principles of sustainable transportation are critical to success in establishing and operating transportation systems.