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.
- March 9, 2016
- 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
- November 13, 2014
- Rethinking Victory in Counterinsurgency
Author: COL Michael C. Griffin
As U.S. participation in the counterinsurgency (COIN) operations in Iraq and Afghanistan enter a new and much more limited phase, one unanswered question remains: What defines victory in a counterinsurgency?
- October 20, 2014
- Tackling Africa's First Narco-State: Guinea-Bissau in West Africa
Author: COL Stephen K. Van Riper
The U.S., Europe and regional African players must tackle drug smuggling in West Africa to prevent that region from falling into chaos.Today, West Africa is a significant nexus for the illegal trafficking of oil, weapons, cigarettes, drugs and other commodities.