Established in 1993 as the “Peacekeeping Institute”(PKI) by then Chief of Staff of the Army, GEN Gordon Sullivan, PKI was tasked with the challenge of developing a doctrinal base for peacekeeping operations. Since its inception, PKSOI has grown in both size and outreach. Today, the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) leads DoD engagement and collaboration with partners across the U.S. Government, NATO, the United Nations, and stabilization and peace operations communities of interest to address shared challenges and solutions, including protection of civilians, and women, peace, and security.

PKSOI has continued to evolve as the US Army’s Center of Excellence for Peace and Stability Operations at the strategic and operational levels. In 2013 PKSOI assumed its newly designated role as the Lead Agent for Joint Proponency for Peace and Stability Operations. For the foreseeable future, PKSOI will be the pre-eminent trainers of US forces preparing to conduct multinational peacekeeping operations. PKSOI and it partners will also focus on collecting the key lessons learned over the last Decade of War, ensuring that key peacekeeping capabilities are adequately documented so that they can be rapidly re-generated to respond to US national requirements in the years to come. In addition to PKSOI’s mission to enable the success of ongoing and future Peace and Stability Operations activities and missions, we are a specified institute within the U.S. Army War College (AWC).  In our role as an institute of USAWC, PKSOI participates actively with the War College to provide the Army’s  future senior leader with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to plan, conduct and assess P&SO missions and to integrate P&SO doctrine, concepts and policy into Army strategy and operational missions. PKSOI achieves this by participating within the USAWC Core Curriculum and by providing multiple P&SO-related elective courses for the USAWC student body.

PKSOI Mission

The Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute collaboratively develops and integrates stability and peace capabilities across the US government, international organizations, and the community of interest in order to enable achievement of national objectives.

Lines of Effort (Joint/Army): 

  • Inform/support policy development
  • Develop and review concepts and doctrine
  • Develop, review, and support education, training, and exercises
  • Collect, analyze, disseminate, and integrate lessons learned/best practices
  • Support the CAC mission
  • Conduct strategic communications