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Free Online Peacekeeping Courses through the Peace Operations Training Institute (Military Only)

In cooperation with the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, the Peace Operations Training Institute is proud to provide members of the U.S. Armed Forces with e-learning on UN Peacekeeping Operations.

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PKSOI Journal

PKSOI Journal The Peace and Stability Journal contains relevant and current articles and reports on ongoing Peace & Stability Operations (P&SO) events and emerging P&SO doctrine and concepts.

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SOLLIMS Sampler The Sampler contains a representative sample of lessons related to a specific P&SO topic – e.g. Women, Peace & Security. A new Sampler is produced on a quarterly basis.

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P&SO Lessons Learned

PKSOI's is built on the discover, analysis and sharing of key Observations, Insights, Lessons and Best Practices of particular interest to the global Peace and Stability Operations community. The program is focused at the strategic and operational levels. Lessons Learned content resides in the SOLLIMS database- an open sorce system based on the JLLIS architecture.

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Director's Corner Update

Director's Corner Journal Update, January 2015

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Internships at PKSOI

PKSOI provides research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate level intern positions for PKSOI as well as various entities with in the United States Army War College (USAWC) and are dependent upon the student's area of study.  Interns are regarded as memebers of the PKSOI/USAWC staff with an assigned project mentor to provide direction and guidance throughout the internship session. Click here to learn more about Internships.

A group of summer interns engaged in discussion with PKSOI's USAID representative Professor Carol Horning
A group of summer interns engaged in discussion with PKSOI's USAID representative Professor Carol Horning.



PKSOI APAN Collaboration Website

PKSOI has developed an APAN site to establish a web-based community of practice presence for all Peacekeeping and Stability Operations organizations and practioners to collaborate and share information. The PKSOI Peacekeeeping APAN site allows the P&SO community a forum for collaboration. The site contains document libraries for P&SO doctrine and concepts, information sharing opportunities for the P&SO community contact information, a portal for the user to upload any authored articles, and a discussion blog. NOTE: you will need to register for an APAN user account and then request access to the PKSOI community.

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**All Partners Access Network (APAN) is a collection of communities developed to foster information and knowledge sharing between the U.S. Dept of Defense and non-DOD entities who do not have access to 'CAC-enabled' DOD sites and networks.

Featured Publications

Fate of the Civilian Surge in a Changing Environment

As the United States winds down its stabilization operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Agency for International Development will face bureaucratic and political pressures to abandon their already modest reconstruction and stabilization (R&S) lines of effort in favor of more traditional diplomacy and development assistance priorities. This period of relative peace allow policy makers to reflect on past challenges to creating a “civilian surge” capacity and determining feasible, acceptable, and suitable ways and means to ensure robust civilian participation in future R&S operations.

Stability Operations in Somalia 1992-1993: A Case Study

This stability operations case study project emerged from a Joint Requirements Oversight Council task to examine how Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) institutions teach operational planning for steady-state peacekeeping and stability operations. The Joint Staff J-7 requested the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI), as the Joint Proponent for Peace and Stability Operations, accomplish a number of tasks to improve JPME curricula. As part of this effort, PKSOI is developing a series of professionally focused, historical case studies of successful joint peacekeeping and stability operations. The purpose of these case studies is to provide balanced analyses of the strategic conditions and guidance underlying each selected operation, and describe how military leaders successfully interpreted and implemented this guidance during the conduct of joint operations.

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.

Volume 2, 2015-2016 Civil Affairs Issue Papers: Civil Affairs: A Force for Engagement and Conflict Prevention

The following CA award winning issues papers clearly illustrate many of the impending challenges for the CA force, and we recognize their innovative concepts and insight.
• First Place: "Renewed Relevance: CA Develop Human Networks for Effective Engagement," by Maj. Arnel P. David.
• Second Place: "From Green to Blue: U.S. Army Civil Affairs and International Police Engagement," by Capt. Rob Kobol, and "Civil Engagement as a Tool for Conflict Prevention: A Case Study," by Capt. Tammy Sloulin and Lt. Col. Steve Lewis.
• Third Place: "The Role of Civil Affairs in Counter-Unconventional Warfare," by Maj. Shafi Saiduddin.
• Fourth Place: "Civil Affairs Forces, U.S. Army Reserve, National Guard, and State Partnership Program: Is There Room for Engagement?" by Maj. David E. Leiva and Maj. John Nonnemaker.

The Evolving Contingency Contracting Market: Private Sector Self-Regulation and United States Government Monitoring of Procurement of Stability Operations Services

The activities of private companies in combat operations and complex environments have traditionally drawn minimal attention when compared to their historic presence in such settings; yet in the last twenty years the services of these companies have grown to become a seemingly indispensable part of the modern western stabilization arsenal, as well as the subject of much media attention.

Climate Change: Considerations for Geographic Combatant Commands

Author: Colonel Jason A. Kirk

DoD’s Geographic Combatant Commands (GCCs) have the imperative to assess their Theater Campaign Plans in response to DoD’s recent 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap. As a “case-study” relevant to all GCCs this paper analyzes the risks and opportunities facing U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in reviewing climate change impacts primarily in the Caribbean region of its Area of Operations.

Religion: A Missing Component of Professional Military Education

Author: Thomas G. Matyok, Ph.D., PKSOI

In this study, Dr. Thomas Matyok dares us, as military planners and conflict analysts, to think more deeply about religion. Since religion can be a major driver of both peace and violence, Dr. Matyok argues that we need to do better at recognizing how religious factors play out in shaping human motivations and aspirations in conflict situations.

Professionalizing Ministerial Advising

Author: Professor Raymond Millen, PKSOI

In this study, Professor Raymond Millen has identified a persistent challenge in U.S. efforts to provide effective security cooperation and capacity building with fragile and failing states – the realm of ministerial advising. From his research and analysis, Professor Millen concludes by recommending the establishment of a professional ministerial corps.

The Future of Civil Affairs

Editor: Christopher Holshek & John C. Church, Jr.

The purpose of this paper is to provide a platform for the broader Civil Affairs community to communicate to important opinion leaders in the Executive and Legislative branches, as well as key military commands and institutions, what it thinks the ‘way-ahead’ should be for Civil Affairs, utilizing experienced operators rather than the just the usual Think-Tank approach.

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.

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