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Newsletter 10-34
March 2010

Introduction

The most recent efforts by the U.S. to stabilize and reconstruct Iraq and Afghanistan have illustrated many lessons remain to be learned about post-conflict operations. One vital and ongoing lesson is no single U.S. agency has the capacity to ensure success during stability operations; therefore, a whole of government approach must be utilized. This comprehensive approach offers greater coherence between security and development policies; ensures unity of effort; and benefits from the resources, skills, and expertise of all government agencies.

Army Field Manual 3-07, Stability Operations, has divided the tasks involved in stabilization and reconstruction into five stability sectors. These sectors are security, justice and reconciliation, humanitarian assistance and social well-being, governance and participation, and economic stabilization and infrastructure. This newsletter is a collection of articles focusing on the economic stabilization and infrastructure sector and addresses primarily the operational and theater level of effort. Subsequent editions will address the other four stability sectors.

History has shown the role of economics in stability operations is critical to the creation of the capacity for sustainable functioning of a rebuilt state. It has also proven sound economic governance is the key to remedying underlying tensions and minimizes the ability of insurgencies to undermine the fragile government.

The first two chapters of this newsletter provide an understanding of the challenges of successful economic development in stability operations and some of the historical models from which we base much of our current doctrine. The last two chapters will focus on more recent efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan to revitalize their economies. The articles provide examples of combined efforts and successful initiatives of several U.S. government agencies to achieve economic stability, facilitate prosperity to the populace, and deny a base of support for insurgencies.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said in 2007, " . . . if we are to meet the myriad of challenges around the world in the coming decades, this country must strengthen other important elements of national power . . . and create the capability to integrate and apply all of the elements of national power to problems and challenges abroad."1 This newsletter is an effort to capture relevant articles published in recent professional journals to stimulate thought, share ideas, and understand the efforts of other government agencies as we meet the challenges of current and future stability operations.

Endnote

1. Remarks by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at Kansas State University, November 2007.


 

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