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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.

For case study teaching notes please contact: Professor Richard Coplen or Dr. Volker Franke

Professor Volker Franke Case Study Writing Videos
April 27, 2018
Reintegration in Sortutuville: A Gender Focused Simulation
Reintegration in Sortutuville: A Gender Focused Simulation

This simulation places participants in the fictional nation of Sortutuville which has just entered into peaceful negotiations with Truffistan, ending the Truffistan War which has been going on for 20 years. Participants will be assigned a role of either an international development worker (a member of the reintegration team) or an aid recipient (a Sortutuvillian village inhabitant). Prior to the exercise, participants will receive information about Sortutville, the Truffistan War, their roles and publications to serve as guidance during their tasks.

February 6, 2018
The South China Sea Dispute: Simulating the Next Global Conflict
The South China Sea Dispute: Simulating the Next Global Conflict

For the past century, a number of sovereign states have laid claim to an overlapping territory in the South China Sea. The dispute revolves primarily around the control of two archipelagos, the Paracel and Spratly Islands, and their surrounding ocean areas. Although mostly uninhabited, these islands possess commercial, strategic, and historic value. And because there are no indigenous people on the islands, third parties must settle this dispute.

November 21, 2017
The Lesser of Many Evils: The Kurdish Question and the Syrian Civil War
The Lesser of Many Evils: The Kurdish Question and the Syrian Civil War

This case is centered on the battle for the city of Kobani.  It focuses on the “Rojava Kurds” and their struggle to establish a self-governed autonomous region in Northern Syria.  Kobani offers a micro-illustration of the profound complexities that define Middle East politics.  The context for this case is the greater backdrop of the Syrian Civil war, the rise and expansion of ISIS, regional actors aligning along sectarian lines and political alliances and superpowers supporting coalitions and proxies that align with national interests.

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.

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).