Stability Operations and State Building: Continuities and Contingencies   [open pdf - 1008KB]

This is a report from the Strategic Studies Institute at the Army War College on stability operations and state building. "The current age of state building may be traced back at least to U.S. involvement in the various Balkan conflicts. But with the advent of the Global War on Terror and the subsequent interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. military, especially the Army and the Marines Corps, has been faced with an unprecedented challenge to reestablish entire countries and rebuild their institutions. […] The Department of Defense published its Directive 3000.05, 'Military Support for Stability, Security, Transition, and Reconstruction (SSTR) Operations,' in November 2005, to address this area of state building and stability operations. The process of arriving at this point, however, indicates that no consistent view of the state-building mission area exists as yet. The Strategic Studies Institute's collaboration with Austin Peay State University allowed for academics, governmental and nongovernmental practitioners, and military personnel to step back and review the entire spectrum of state-building needs as theorized and practiced by modern societies."

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