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PKSOI Trends Global Case Study Series

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PKSOI-TRENDS Global case studies and simulation exercises are designed to aid the preparation of civilian and military professionals for deployment in complex operational environments. Placing them at the center of difficult decisions, our case studies encourage readers to identify with decision-makers and challenge them to recognize and struggle with key decision issues and their underlying dilemmas, deduce larger policy implications and discern lessons lessons with application to stability operations, peace building, civil affairs, national security and strategic thinking.

 Fostering an understanding for the operational complexity and diverse interplay of threats, actors, and operational responses across security sectors, PKSOI-TRENDS Global case studies aid the development of cognitive skills for making sense of new situations and recognizing the possibilities of shaping them in a desired direction. PKSOI-TRENDS Global case studies present state-of-the-art conceptual approaches to contemporary peace and stability operations and provide important classroom tools to promote learner-directed skill development.

June 19, 2017
After the Fall of North Korea A Post-Conflict Stability Operations Exercise
After the Fall of North Korea A Post-Conflict Stability Operations Exercise

The purpose of this hypothetical case study/table top exercise (TTX) on North Korea is to teach the participants/students how difficult stability operations are in the immediate aftermath of a major conflict.  The learning objectives are many: to figure out what U.S. foreign policy should be in the wake of a major conflict on the Korean Peninsula; proceeding from that, how to prioritize meeting the immediate and long-term needs of the populace; and how to manage Allies and rivals (China and Russia) competing in the same space, under South Korea’s lead.

May 12, 2017
Controlling Ukraine: The EU and Russia in Ukraine
Controlling Ukraine: The EU and Russia in Ukraine

The purpose of this case study is for students of international relations or strategic studies to understand first the current situation in Ukraine, then understand the interests, policies and messages of the major actors: Ukraine, Russia, the Ukrainian separatists, the United States, and a variety of NATO and EU member states.  Then, they need to design the next policy moves these actors might make, based on their comprehension of the dynamics in play. 

April 3, 2017
The Foreign Terrorist Designation of Boko Haram
The Foreign Terrorist Designation of Boko Haram

This case study explores the arguments made by each side of the Boko Haram FTO designation debate to illustrate the challenges involved in effectively countering violent extremist organizations (VEOs).