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Stabilization Assistance Review released



Stabilization Assistance Review released
Recently, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Departments of Defense (DoD) and State published the Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR). The SAR was announced in April of this year and examines past challenges the U.S. government has faced in previous stabilization efforts. The SAR aims to streamline U.S.… Read More

Featured Article: Security Operations for Transformational Diplomats



Featured Article: Security Operations for Transformational Diplomats
Featured article: After Benghazi: Security Operations for Transformational Diplomats by Marques A. Bruce The State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security has evolved significantly since it was established following the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon. Likewise, the establishment of the High Threat Programs Directorate (HTP) following the September… Read More

Featured Article: There is No Silver Bullet and Other Lessons from Colombia



Featured Article: There is No Silver Bullet and Other Lessons from Colombia
Featured article: There is No Silver Bullet and Other Lessons from Colombia by Stuart Lippe Colombia has always had large, ungovernable areas where the authority of the central government was often tenuous or non-existent. Colombians seemed to prefer to focus on their home regions, leaving the vast hinterlands to fend… Read More

Featured Article: Improving Interagency Coordination in Africa



Featured Article: Improving Interagency Coordination in Africa
Featured article: Improving Interagency Coordination in Africa by Robert Bennett United States Army Africa (USARAF) executes over 400 activities annually valued at $2 million. These activities augment activities sponsored by other U.S. government, private charitable foundations, churches, and regional African organizations. The stated goals for these activities are complementary, but… Read More

USAID, State, DoD to release Stabilization Assistance Review



USAID, State, DoD to release Stabilization Assistance Review
An interagency review of U.S. government stabilization efforts is expected as early as this month. The Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR) examines how the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Department of Defense (DoD) coordinate their diplomacy, aid, and military operations, primarily in Syria and Iraq. A State… Read More

Amb. Moon returns to Fort Leavenworth



Amb. Moon returns to Fort Leavenworth
Retired Ambassador Patrick S. Moon returned to the Fort Leavenworth area in early April of this year, where he again took part in the Simons Center’s Distinguished Speakers Series. Ambassador Moon, who served as the the U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2010 to 2013, visited Fort Leavenworth April… Read More

Featured Article: A Strategy to Harmonize Joint and Interagency Planning



Featured Article: A Strategy to Harmonize Joint and Interagency Planning
Featured article: Filling the Gap: A Strategy to Harmonize Joint and Interagency Planning by J. “Spyke” Szeredy How can providing a new planning strategy exert influence, align objectives, and harmonize activities between the Joint and Interagency environments? A simplified strategy for the integration of planning across the joint (Department of… Read More

Featured Article: USAID: What You Don’t Know



Featured Article: USAID: What You Don’t Know
Featured article: USAID: What You Don’t Know by Vashaun Wrice The interagency (IA) relationship between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other government agencies is an important one. As such, the following article will examine a way of bridging the gap of IA coordination between such agencies,… Read More

Featured Article: The Looming Crisis in Afghan Local Government



Featured Article: The Looming Crisis in Afghan Local Government
Featured article: The Looming Crisis in Afghan Local Government by Daniel R. Green While much of the debate about the war in Afghanistan focuses on troop levels and the pace of the drawdown, a similar reduction of the U.S. civilian interagency may have more far-reaching consequences. Although located primarily in… Read More

CALL highlights lessons learned from State personnel



CALL highlights lessons learned from State personnel
The Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) recently published a new installment in their “News From The Front” series focused on the experiences of Department of State personnel in interagency operations. Leveraging the Interagency: Insights from the U.S. Department of State Leadership is a collection of articles related to U.S.… Read More