This is the April 2014 edition of the Stability Operations Lessons Learned and Information Management System (SOLLIMS) Lessons Learned 'Sampler' -- Overcoming 'Challenges & Spoilers' with 'Unity & Resolve.' From the "General" subject heading: "Overcoming 'challenges and spoilers' within conflict-affected nations is a demanding endeavor. Stability operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Philippines, and multiple nations of Africa have shown that bringing lasting peace/stability to troubled nations -- plagued by warlords, extremists, and paramilitaries -- is never easy. [...] This report examines several recent complex operations -- including Operation Serval in Mali, Operation Unified Protector in Libya, the African Union's operations in Somalia, international operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and U.S-Philippines partnered operations in the southern Philippines. Among other insights, this report brings to light the imperative of 'unity and resolve' among partners -- for gaining the upper hand over spoilers and their networks, and for bringing lasting peace/stability to nations in need."
U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations institute: http://www.pksoi.army.mil/
SOLLIMS [Stability Operations Lessons Learned and Information Management System] Sampler (April, 2014) v.5, no.2