InterAgency Studies


The InterAgency Study (IAS) series is published by the Command and General Staff College Foundation Press for the Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation. The IAS series represents scholarly, in-depth research that contributes to a better understanding and history of a particular interagency issue or policy. IAS research utilizes mainly primary source material and provides findings and conclusions from an institutional perspective.

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IAS-005 (January 2016) Foreign Aid and Party Institutionalization in Sub-Saharan Africa



IAS-005 (January 2016) Foreign Aid and Party Institutionalization in Sub-Saharan Africa
Government, non-government, and military entities have all been involved in providing foreign aid for quite some time, but despite the emphasis that states and international organizations and institutions place on the utility of foreign aid, there is significant debate about its benefits. The debate centers on the potentially deleterious or… Read More

IAS-004 (March 2015) Economics in Counterinsurgency Operations



IAS-004 (March 2015) Economics in Counterinsurgency Operations
In October 2005, Multi-National Corps–Iraq distributed a handbook to its commanders entitled “Commander’s Guide to Money as a Weapons System.” Recognizing the potential of money to have a positive and “non-lethal” impact on the battlespace, the handbook began by stating that “effective application of all available resources is vital to… Read More

IAS-003 (April 2014) 9/11, Counterterrorism, and the Senior Interagency Strategy Team



IAS-003 (April 2014) 9/11, Counterterrorism, and the Senior Interagency Strategy Team

This study examines the role of the National Counterterrorism Center’s Senior Interagency Strategy Team (SIST), which was assigned a key role in countering terrorism. This case study explains how and why the SIST failed to yield a real strategy for counterterrorism.