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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.

September 1, 2010
Harnessing Post Conflict Transitions: A Conceptual Primer
Harnessing Post Conflict Transitions: A Conceptual Primer

Authors: Nicholas J. Armstrong and Jacqueline Chura-Beaver

This monograph addresses the challenging topic of transition in post-conflict stability operations and is intended for a wide audience that includes military and civilian policymakers, international development experts, and scholars in academe. It is a primer, systematic review, and comprehensive assessment of the fields of research and practice.

August 1, 2010
U.S. Military Forces and Police Assistance in Stability Operations: The Least-Worst Option to Fill the U.S. Capacity Gap
U.S. Military Forces and Police Assistance in Stability Operations: The Least-Worst Option to Fill the U.S. Capacity Gap

Author: Dennis E. Keller

The establishment of an effective police force is critical to security sector reform, justice sector reform, and the successful transition to the host nation’s security forces. But the United States lacks the institutional capacity to provide an immediate and coordinated civilian police training and advisory effort, particularly in a failed or fragile state.

April 1, 2010
The State-Owned Enterprise as a Vehicle for Stability
The State-Owned Enterprise as a Vehicle for Stability

Author: Neil Efird

As providers of essential public or commercial services, state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are important in modern economies. Since SOEs are ubiquitous in the global economy, they are likely to be present in conflict-prone societies. In such environments, the defining political and economic systems within which the SOEs exist are likely to embody the interests both of participants in the conflict and of those hoping for an end to the conflict.

January 1, 2010
Security Sector Reform: A Case Study Approach to Transition and Capacity Building
Security Sector Reform: A Case Study Approach to Transition and Capacity Building

Authors: Sarah Meharg, Aleisha Arnusch and edited by Susan Merrill

In this paper, the authors explore the definition of SSR as it has emerged in the international community, including the United States, its bilateral partners, and various intergovernmental organizations. It examines the makeup of the security sector, identifies emergent principles for implementing SSR in the community of practice, and specifies the outcomes that SSR is designed to produce.

December 1, 2009
Democratic Governance and the Rule of Law: Lessons From Colombia
Democratic Governance and the Rule of Law: Lessons from Colombia

Author Gabriel Marcella

This paper explores the impact of revolutionary changes in the administration of law on governance in Colombia. While fighting a long and difficult war against terrorists and narcotics traffickers, Colombia began converting its judicial system from the Roman law based inquisitorial system to an accusatory system.

November 1, 2009
A Case Study in Security Sector Reform: Learning from Security Sector Reform/Building in Afghanistan (October 2002-September 2003)
A Case Study in Security Sector Reform: Learning from Security Sector Reform/Building in Afghanistan (October 2002-September 2003)

Author: Captain Jason C. Howk

Foreword by General Stanley A. McChrystal

This PKSOI Paper is designed to further the U.S. and other interested international governments’ understanding of how Security Sector Reform (SSR) was conducted in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2003. This was America’s first attempt at conducting formalized SSR, so it offers readers an opportunity to learn whom the United States saw as key actors in the process, what institutions were slated for reform, and how well the United States and its partners met the typical challenges of SSR.

August 1, 2009
Toward a Risk Management Defense Strategy
Toward a Risk Management Defense Strategy

Author: Nathan Freier

This monograph builds on two previous works by the author—Known Unknowns: Unconventional “Strategic Shocks” in Defense Strategy Development and The New Balance: Limited Armed Stabilization and the Future of U.S. Landpower.It frames the contemporary defense decisionmaking environment. It describes the concept of risk management as a founding principle for contemporary defense strategy development.

April 1, 2009
The New Balance: Limited Armed Stabilization and the Future of U.S. Landpower
The New Balance: Limited Armed Stabilization and the Future of U.S. Landpower

Author: Nathan Freier

This monograph describes one among many potential points of departure for upcoming QDR deliberations on landpower force planning. In opening up decision space for the new defense team, it concludes that DoD should initiate an unconventional revolution when fashioning U.S. land forces so as to optimize them for employment against less traditional but still violent—and often nonmilitary—threats to core U.S. interests.

November 1, 2008
Known Unknowns: Unconventional "Strategic Shocks" in Defense Strategy Development
Known Unknowns: Unconventional "Strategic Shocks" in Defense Strategy Development

Author: Nathan Freier

This monograph argues that thoughtful evaluation of the most plausible defense-relevant shocks and their deliberate integration into DoD strategy and planning provides senior defense officials with key checks on excessive convention. Further, the institutionalization of deliberate net and risk assessment of defense-relevant shocks, reasoned judgments about their origins, and preliminary analysis of the most appropriate responses to them promises to routinize prudent hedging in DoD strategy and planning.

August 1, 2008
The American Military Advisor: Dealing with Senior Foreign Officials in the Islamic World
The American Military Advisor: Dealing with Senior Foreign Officials in the Islamic World

Author: Michael J. Metrinko

This introductory paper concerns the role of the American military advisor. Military officers have
frequently been called upon to serve as advisors to foreign officials and to play seminal roles in the
political and development realms overseas.