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Dec. 18, 2015

What is "Building Partner Capacity?" Issues for Congress

Within the case studies explored, BPC was least effective as a tool for allowing the United States to extract itself from conflict (victory in war/war termination). However, it was most effective as a tool for building interpersonal and institutional linkages, and for alliance building."

Dec. 14, 2015

Strategic Planning Partnerships: A new program builds intellectual interoperability among NATO members

The Defense Institution Building Program at U.S. European Command works with partner nations to help them move toward intellectual interoperability with NATO. As the International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan wanes and most armed forces are shrinking toward peacetime forces and budgets, NATO and partner nations need to maintain meaningful peacetime connections and continue training and exercising with each other to prepare for the next conflict.

Nov. 1, 2015

NDAA FY2016: Sec 1055 - Training and Support to Personnel of Foreign Ministries of Defense

Sec 1055 from the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act provides an overview of the authorities that undergird U.S. Government DIB programs.

Oct. 1, 2015

The USIP Advising Support Program

Experienced advisors consistently indicate that their effectiveness depends heavily on possessing a set of attributes and skills that are distinct from technical expertise. These include the ability to gain trust from counterparts, acquiring and demonstrating an in-depth understanding of local realities, conducting capacity assessments, and adeptly navigating a complex web of international actors."

July 19, 2015

Governance and Security Sector Assistance: The Missing Link - Part II

In Part II of their article, Adams and Sokolsky take their arguments one step further. First they go into some depth on current U.S. programs and then they offer a new paradigm for assistance that incorporates governance more systematically and offers ideas for how to change U.S. assistance programs.

July 12, 2015

Governance and Security Sector Assistance: The Missing Link - Part I

The United States continues to pour money into helping improve local security forces. Yet they still often fail, at times disastrously. In this first part of the series, Gordon Adams of American University and Richard Sokolsky of Carnegie argue that the United States often ignores the problem of governance when it helps allied security forces: too often resources go to governments that are venal or incompetent, and U.S. efforts are wasted.

June 13, 2015

Buhari Must Hold Corrupt Military Officials Accountable

Buhari Must Hold Corrupt Military Officials AccountableOn June 3 the London-based Amnesty International released a scathing report accusing the Nigerian military of war crimes, based on hundreds of interviews, satellite images and leaked military documents. The revelations came only days after Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu

June 11, 2015

Responses Fall Short as Violence Displaces More Nigerians

Earlier this week, reports surfaced of the terrible conditions facing Nigerian refugees in Cameroon’s Minawao refugee camp. The refugees reported arming themselves with “bows and arrows and makeshift rifles” and fleeing their homes to avoid being slaughtered by the extremist group Boko Haram. They crossed into Cameroon only to face hunger and thirst.

June 10, 2015

The Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement in Africa is Bound to Disappoint

On June 10th, the coalition of three regional economic communities (RECs), representing 26 African countries, 58% of the continent’s GDP, and a population of more than 600 million come together under the Tripartite Free Trade Area. Once signed into existence, the TFTP will represent more people than NAFTA or the European Union.

June 4, 2015

USAID Policy on Cooperation with the Department of Defense

This policy updates the Civilian-Military Cooperation Policy issued in July 2008,which established the foundation for cooperation between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Department of Defense (DoD). The 2008 policy established civilian-military cooperation as fundamental to a whole-of-government approach to contemporary national security challenges in keeping with the increasingly important role of development in advancing national security priorities along with defense and diplomacy.