economic development


Featured Article: The Reality of the So-Called U.S. Pivot to Asia



Featured Article: The Reality of the So-Called U.S. Pivot to Asia
Featured article: The Reality of the So-Called U.S. Pivot to Asia by Joshua Parker and David A. Anderson Shortly after President Obama took office in 2009, it became clear he wanted to shift U.S. foreign policy focus away from the Middle East to Asia. His immediate goal was withdrawing U.S.… Read More

Report assesses business and stability operations task force



Report assesses business and stability operations task force
RAND Corporation recently published a report assessing the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations in Afghanistan. The task force was a multi-year endeavor for the U.S. Department of Defense, and sought to use private-sector strategies to create sustainable economies in Iraq and Afghanistan. Task force operations began in Iraq… Read More

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

Dempsey touts whole-of-government cooperation



Dempsey touts whole-of-government cooperation
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Martin E. Dempsey recently conducted an interview in which he discussed the importance of a whole-of-government approach to issues facing the U.S. and the world. Dempsey has repeatedly pushed for solutions integrating economic, diplomatic, law enforcement, energy, and military instruments of… Read More

Anti-ISIL strategy to include civilian and military agencies



Anti-ISIL strategy to include civilian and military agencies
Yesterday, President Obama met with military and civilian leaders to discuss the strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The strategy includes multiple elements of American power, including military, intelligence, diplomacy, and economic development. The President acknowledged that countering ISIL will be… 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

IAE 15-01W A New Strategic Framework: Development as an Instrument of American Power



IAE 15-01W A New Strategic Framework: Development as an Instrument of American Power

This essay explores the four traditional instruments of national power – diplomatic, economic, informational, and military, or DIME – and proposes that development be included as an instrument of national power...

IAE 12-01W Multilateralism and U.S. Interagency Economic Development Efforts



IAE 12-01W Multilateralism and U.S. Interagency Economic Development Efforts

by David A. Anderson

This essay investigates collaboration among the U.S. interagency and multilateral development-promoting organizations, financial institutions, and initiatives. U.S. interagency collaboration and information sharing must take place among all U.S. agencies that assist in economic development...