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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
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.

January 1, 2013
Protection des civils Guide de référence militaire
Protection des civils Guide de référence militaire

Author: Various PKSOI Members

Ce Guide militaire relatif à la protection des civils est le résultat de discussions et de la coopération avec une série de personnes et d'organisations qui se consacrent à la question de savoir comment prévenir et réagirà la violence contre les personnes civiles.

January 1, 2013
Protection of Civilians Military Reference Guide
Protection of Civilians Military Reference Guide

Author: Various PKSOI Members

The Protection of Civilians (PoC) refers to efforts that protect civilians from physical violence, secure their rights to access essential services and resources, and contribute to a secure, stable, and just environment for civilians over the long-term.

 

March 6, 2012
MAPRO: Mass Atrocity Prevention and Response Options
MAPRO: Mass Atrocity Prevention and Response Options

This Handbook is designed to be a reference for policy makers to monitor, prevent, and if necessary respond to genocide and other mass atrocity situations. It addresses topics promulgated in the August 2011 Presidential Study Directive on Mass Atrocities (PSD-10) as well as recommendations contained in Preventing Genocide, the 2008 study published by the Genocide Prevention Task Force (GPTF).

September 15, 2011
BCT-PRT Unity of Effort
BCT-PRT Unity of Effort

This is not a “how-to” manual. Rather, this guide is designed to provide BCT and PRT leaders and staffs a set of tools, approaches, and observations — gathered from recently deployed personnel — which, if properly coordinated, communicated, and planned for during BCT/PRT “Road to War” training, will help improve conditions for “unity of effort.”

 

June 4, 2010
Measuring Progress in Conflict Environments (MPICE)
Measuring Progress in Conflict Environments (MPICE)

MPICE provides a system of metrics that can assist in formulating policy and implementing strategic and operational plan to transform conflict and bring stability to war-torn societies. These metrics provide the content for baseline operational and strategic-level assessments allowing policymakers to diagnose potential obstacles to stabilization prior to an intervention.

May 20, 2010
MARO: Mass Atrocity Response Operations
MARO: Mass Atrocity Response Operations

The Mass Atrocity Response Operations (MARO) Project seeks to enable the United States and the international community to stop genocide and mass atrocity as part of a broader integrated strategy by explaining key relevant military concepts and planning considerations. The MARO Project is based on the insight that the failure to act in the face of mass killings of civilians is not simply a function of political will or legal authority; the failure also reflects a lack of thinking about how military forces might respond. States and regional and international organizations must better understand and prepare for the unique operational and moral challenges that military forces would face in a MARO.

October 9, 2009
Guide to Rebuilding Public Sector Services
Guide to Rebuilding Public Sector Services

In this guide, the authors provide a set of principles and operational guidelines for peacekeepers to help the country restore public infrastructure and services. The extent to which public sector reconstruction takes place is a function of the mission, the level of resources, expertise of the troops, and the host country context. The guide provides courses of action to both planners and practitioners in executing these operations and supplements existing and emerging documents. The material here draws from both theoretical and analytical frameworks as well as from the experience and lessons learned from practitioners.

October 5, 2009
Guiding Principles for Stabilization and Reconstruction
Guiding Principles for Stabilization and Reconstruction

The manual focuses on host nation outcomes, not programmatic inputs or outputs. It is focused primarily on what the host nation and international actors are trying to achieve, not how they are trying to achieve it at the tactical level. It is not about how to conduct an election or disarm warring parties—it is about the outcomes that these activities support. Excellent “how-to” guides already exist across the U.S. government and partner institutions. These should be accessed regularly and used diligently in the conduct of these missions.