On the 17th anniversary of 9/11, the United States Institute of Peace published a report on extremism and the threat posed by fragile states. Beyond the Homeland: Protecting America from Extremism in Fragile States is a report of the Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States, which is led by… Read More
The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Moral and Ethical Obligation of Resettlement
or “I’ll Pass on the Poisoned Skittles”
by Joel D. Funk
What are the relationships between the migration of refugees and conflict? The conventional logic presumes that demographic factors and how they interact with resources are potential… Read More
Partnering to End Corruption through Security Cooperation and Defense Institution Building
by Adam J. Bushey
Corruption damages a mission’s operational effectiveness and credibility and is “a key inhibitor of stability… is often a key cause of conflict… and erodes the legitimacy and efficacy of an international mission.” The… Read More
Interagency Qualifications to Address Fragility, or Rethinking Civil Affairs
by Kurt E. Müller
The defense sector has a long-standing appreciation of the value of whole-of-government approaches to national security challenges. The phrase “all elements of national power” resonates with Department of Defense (DoD) leadership and is a common… Read More
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...
This essay explores village stability operations (VSO) in Afghanistan as an "innovative, low-cost, and small footprint" method of achieving U.S. security objectives...