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Mr. William Flavin

Mr. William Flavin

Assistant Director, Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute

Areas of Expertise:

  • Interagency Planning
  • Counterinsurgency/ Irregular War
  • Doctrine
  • UN Concepts and Planning

Office Phone: (717) 245-3028

Email: William.j.flavin.civ@mail.mil

Media contact: Carol Kerr - (717) 245-4389 | carol.a.kerr.civ@mail.mil

William Flavin assumed the job as the Assistant Director at the US Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, located at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in July 2013 after serving as the chief of doctrine and education for PKSOI since 2007. Before his assignment to PKSOI in 2000, he was a senior foreign affairs analyst with Booz Allen and Hamilton on contract to assist the US Army Peacekeeping Institute for doctrine development. From 1995 to 1999, he was a Colonel in the US Army serving as the Deputy Director of Special Operations for the Supreme Allied Commander Europe at the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe. William Flavin has a BA in History from VMI and an MA in History from Emory University.  He was a senior fellow at CSIS for his Army War College year and then taught at the Army War College.

Publications by William Flavin:

Added October 16, 2008

Type: CHAPTER
FM 3-07 Stability Operations and Support Operations (2003)
Authored by CAC Ft Leavenworth, William Flavin one of the primary authors
Chapter 4 Peace Operations provides the baseline doctrine for the US Army.

 

Added October 16, 2008

Type: CHAPTER
JP 3-07.3 Peace Operations (2007),
Authored by Joint Forces Command, William Flavin one of the primary authors
Chapter 4 Peace Building Operations provides the baseline doctrine for the US Military.

 

Added October 16, 2008

Type: CHAPTER
FM 3-07.31 Tactics, Techniques and Procedures for Peace Operations (2003).
Authored by Air Land Sea Application Center,  William Flavin one of the primary authors
Chapter 2,3,4, and 6 outline the basic Tactics for multi-service Peace Operations.

 

Added October 16, 2008

Type: ARTICLE
"Planning for Conflict Termination and Post-Conflict Success," in Parameters Autumn 2003
Authored by William Flavin
This outlines the issues involved in planning and executing post conflict operations and proposed some principles.

 

Added October 16, 2008

Type: MONOGRAPH
Afghanistan: Observations on Civil Military Operations During the First Year of Operation Enduring Freedom, US Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, 24 March 2004
Authored by William Flavin
This examines the issues around the civil military challenges of the first year in Afghanistan and recommends a way ahead.

 

Added October 16, 2008

Type: ARTICLE
“U.S. Army’s New Peace Operations Era,” in US-Indian Strategic Cooperation into the 21st Century, 2006
Authored by William Flavin
This examines the potential for US and India finding common ground for collaboration.

 

Added October 16, 2008

Type: ARTICLE
“Interoperability in Complex Peace and Stability Operations,” in Doctrine Revue d’Etudies Generales March 2007,
Authored by William Flavin
This examines the multinational interoperability crisis and recommends a way ahead.

 

Added October 16, 2008

Type: ARTICLE
“Doctrine for US Peace Operations,” in International Peacekeeping, Vol.15, No.1, February 2008.
Authored by William Flavin
This examines the development in US peace operation doctrine and what is mean for the development of international norms.

 

Added March 30, 2010

Type: BOOK
Guiding Principles for Stabilization and Reconstruction, US Institute of Peace and USA PKSOI, 2009
Contributing Writer:  William Flavin
This book presents the first-ever, comprehensive set of shared principles for building sustainable peace in societies emerging from violent conflict.

 

Added March 8, 2011

Type: BOOK
Considerations for Mission Leadership in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations, 2011
Contributing Writer:  William Flavin for Chapter 4 Creating a Secure and Stable Environment
This book endeavors to address a wide array of considerations for the Head of Mission and the Force Commander as they attempt to implement complex Security Council mandates under the UN’s three core functions.

 

Added March 8, 2011

Type: Monograph
Finding the Balance: U.S. Military and Future Operations, PKSOI, 2011
Author:  William Flavin
This monograph examines the U.S. Military’s struggle to find the correct balance between conventional and counterinsurgency/stability approaches.

 

Added April 18, 2012

Type: Chapter
“Civil Military Teaming: A Solution,” in Conflict Management and Whole of Government: Useful Tools for US National Security Strategy, SSI, April 2012
Author:  William Flavin
This chapter examines whether and to what extent civil-military teaming efforts may present an effective and efficient alternative to address­ing the problems associated with current conflicts.

 

Added June 27, 2012

Type: Chapter
“The Elephant in the Room,” in Contractors & War: The Transformation of US Expeditionary Operations, Edited by Christopher Kinsey and Malcolm Hugh Patterson, Stanford University Press, 2012
Author: William Flavin
This chapter provides a view as to how contracting should be integrated or nested in the US military’s operational and strategic frameworks. It emphasizes the need for improved doctrine and conceptual guidance and proposes an enhanced operational concept.

 

Added August 1, 2013

Type: Article
“The Dogs that Do Not Bark: Prevention as the Path to Strategic Stability” in Small Wars Journal, August 2, 2013
Author: William Flavin
This article describes the current efforts to define and deal with prevention and examines frameworks.

 

Added September 6, 2013

Type: Chapter
“Always an Outsider: U.S. Military Role in  International Peacebuilding” in Conflict Management  and Peacebuilding: Pillars of A New American Grand Strategy, 
Edited by Volker C. Franke and Robert H. Dorff, US Army War College Press, September 2013.

 

Added December 26, 2013

Type: Paper
Towards Harmonization of Policies, Principles and Guidelines: Initial Findings”   
Paper submitted to the International Challenges to Peace Operations Forum in Argentina December 2013 Co-Authored by Brig. Rizwan Rafi, Pakistan.

 

Added June 17 2015

Type: Chapter

Towards Harmonization of Policies, Principles and Guidelinesin Designing Mandates and Capabilities for Future Peace Operations,  Edited by Annika Hilding Norberg, Challenges Forum Stockholm 2014.  Co-Authored by Brig. Rizwan Rafi, Pakistan.  This chapter assesses the current international policy and doctrine concerning Protection of Civilians, Transnational Organized Crime, and Gender.  

 

Type: Article

“Planning for Peace” in UNIPATH Journal, June 1, 2015

Author: William Flavin

This article describes the challenges and opportunities in planning for peace operations.

 

Added August 28, 2015

Type: Chapter

Teaming for Successin United Nations Peacekeeping Challenge: The Importance of the Integrated Approach, Edited by Anna Powles, Negar Partow and Nick Nelson: Ashgate Ltd, Surry England, 2015.  This chapter assesses the ability to achieve a comprehensive approach in dealing with peacekeeping operations.