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Strategic Intelligence and Civil Affairs to Understand Legitimacy and Insurgency

Avoiding the Stabilization Trap

Authors: Chido, Diane E.

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  • Provides a roadmap for the U.S. Army’s Civil Affairs personnel when engaging with fragile or post-conflict communities
  • Designed to be accessible to newcomers or practitioners in the field, as well as enlisted officers, international volunteers, students, policymakers, and planners
  • Relevant to actors who must understand the populations they will interact with at the ground level and those about whom they may make operational or policy-level decisions
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About this book

This book describes the common pitfalls of U.S. military interventions in efforts at stabilization, which supports post-conflict societies by establishing stable governance, rule of law, a safe and secure environment, economic development and social well-being for all members of the population. These efforts are often unsuccessful and can even cause harm when mission teams do not understand both the populations with whom they are engaging and policymakers. The book recommends prioritizing a relational approach to stabilization with a professional and well-resourced Civil Affairs and strategic intelligence approach to engagements over the current preference for transactional, often lethal operations.

About the authors

Diane E. Chido is President of DC Analytics, a former Intelligence Studies instructor with Mercyhurst University, and former Intelligence Advisor to the U.S. Army’s Peace Keeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI). Diane has worked in stabilization for over 25 years on socio-cultural issues including legitimacy, alternative governance and ethnic conflict.

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“Military professionals and policymakers alike must read what Diane Chido clearly lays out in this monograph.  The Army’s, and arguably DoD’s, number one warfighting challenge is obtaining a comprehensive situational understanding of the operational environment so it can effectively approach problems. Diane provides a clear path for the Army to solve this problem, and for the U.S. Government to avoid repeating disappointing experiences from the past.” (COL Jay Liddick, Commandant, U.S. Army Civil Affairs Brigade)

“In intelligence the hardest job is often telling bosses what they need to know, but do not want to hear. Diane Chido has done a magnificent job at that by describing how short-sighted it is to have downsized Civil Affairs and placing it under Special Operations. Her focus on a similar disregard among policymakers for strategic intelligence in favor of tactical urgencies, explains why we are currently caught in ‘forever wars’ because we deal with symptoms every day, but seldom with the ultimate causes of armed conflicts.” (Michael Andregg, Instructor of Justice and Peace Studies (ret.), University of St. Thomas, MN, USA)

 

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

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eBook $44.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-20977-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-20976-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Strategic Intelligence and Civil Affairs to Understand Legitimacy and Insurgency
Book Subtitle
Avoiding the Stabilization Trap
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-20977-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-20977-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-20976-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 72
Number of Illustrations
4 illustrations in colour
Topics