Accession Number : ADA602183


Title :   Avoiding Praetorian Societies: Focusing U.S. Strategy on Political Development


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA PEACEKEEPING AND STABILITY OPERATIONS INSTITUTE


Personal Author(s) : Ferrell, Bruce


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a602183.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 77


Abstract : Fragile states and their impacts upon global security and stability remain important challenges in the strategic environment. Therefore, American stability and reconstruction activities are crucial tools to U.S. National Security Strategy. America s success rate at conducting stability and reconstruction operations is mixed. Despite immense efforts undertaken in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a decade of doctrine and strategy development, the creation of politically stable states eludes the U.S., partner nations, and international allies. America must improve this track record. This paper argues that weaknesses in U.S. stability and reconstruction operations are intellectual in nature. The U.S military, and to some extent the broader U.S. government, doesn t enunciate in official doctrine the centrality and causes of political instability in fragile states, and consequently stability and reconstruction operations are planned and executed devoid of political development efforts. United States military doctrine and strategy must acknowledge the centrality of political development, understand the critical role of input institutions in political stability, and make efforts to foster these institutions in stability and reconstruction operations.


Descriptors :   *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , *POLITICAL SCIENCE , *UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , DEMOCRACY , MILITARY DOCTRINE , MILITARY OPERATIONS , MILITARY TACTICS , POLICIES , STABILITY , STRATEGY


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE