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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.

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.

November 13, 2014
Rethinking Victory in Counterinsurgency
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
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.

September 4, 2014
USAID & DoD: Analysis and Recommendations to Enhance Development-Military Cooperation
USAID & DoD: Analysis and Recommendations to Enhance Development-Military Cooperation

Author: Benjamin D. Kauffeld

A few important points that emerge from this monograph deserve special attention. The disparity in resources for personnel between USAID and DoD, a persistent barrier to effective coordination, makes it extremely difficult for USAID to have the float for training with our military colleagues.

June 30, 2014
Changing the Game: Human Security as a Grand Strategy
Changing the Game: Human Security as a Grand Strategy

Author: COL John C. Anderson

This paper argues that the foundational work already accomplished toward better military-civilian coordination over the past ten years of stability operations must continue.

 

May 28, 2014
Preventing and Managing Conflict in an Unstable World
Preventing and Managing Conflict in an Unstable World

Author: Various PKSOI Interns

History is littered with examples where the inability to stabilize a nation at the conclusion of military operations has led to even more complex problems.

 

March 4, 2014
Avoiding Praetorian Societies: Focusing U.S. Strategy on Political Development
Avoiding Praetorian Societies: Focusing U.S. Strategy on Political Development

Author: Bruce Ferrell

It is clear that fragile nation-states will continue to be a major contributor to instability in the international strategic environment. The United States, its allies and partners have attempted to mitigate the negative effects of fragile states through a variety of approaches, including military stability and reconstruction (S&R) operations such as those undertaken in Iraq and Afghanistan. America’s success rate at conducting S&R operations, however, is mixed.