Cognitive Dissonance and Religion in Military Stability Operations
by William B. Scott
Cognitive dissonance is a psychological theory about how the mind resolves conflicting beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors held simultaneously. For many Americans, it is important to “emphasize the Christian religion,” while maintaining a “separation between Church and… Read More
Evaluation of Current Risk Assessment Models for Genocide and Mass Atrocity
by Kathryn Gillum
Genocide and other atrocity crimes (war crimes and crimes against humanity) are not only a curse to those directly involved, but also a burden on all of humanity. Under the United Nations’ (UN) 2005… Read More
Moral Courage and Intelligent Disobedience
by Ted Thomas and Ira Chaleff
The military needs men and women who have courage–the physical courage to go into battle, to overcome fear in the face of bodily injury or death, mental pain, and lifelong disabilities. Militaries run on physical courage. Without… Read More
Civil Affairs History and Doctrine: From Military Government to Interagency Partner
by Thomas R. Geisinger
The 2014 Army Operating Concept (AOC), “Win in a Complex World,” stresses the need for American military power to prevent conflict and shape future wars as much as win them.1 To do this,… Read More
The Tumultuous Recent History of U.S. Stabilization and Reconstruction Efforts: The Way Ahead?
by David A. Anderson
The U.S. has been directly involved in some level of foreign stabilization and reconstruction effort since the end of World War II (WWII): from the occupation and reconstruction of post-WWII Japan/Germany,… Read More
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
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
InterAgency Essay 15-02W, March 2015
by Edward K. Woo
This essay examines the combined response efforts that would be required of the U.S. military, U.S. government, nongovernmental organizations, and international partners in the event of regime collapse in North Korea. The author focuses on the humanitarian and stabilization aspects of… Read More
The author of this paper argues there is a need for an evolution in interagency training and education to efficiently and effectively enable collaborative teams to achieve strategic objectives in complex humanitarian assistance/disaster response (HA/DR) operations overseas...
Earlier this year the RAND Corporation published a report examining Department of Defense humanitarian assistance/disaster response operations in four major international disasters occurring between 2008 and 2011. The report underlines the key lessons learned from DoD’s role...