Guiding Principles for Stabilization and Reconstruction, assignment help

The reading

·  Guiding Principles for Stabilization and Reconstruction.  Washington, DC:  United States Institute of Peace and United States Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, 2009.  Available at:

·  Commanding Heights.  Washington, DC:  National Defense University Press, 2009.  Available at:

·  Monopoly of Force.  Washington, DC: Center for Complex Operations, National Defense University Press, 2011.  Available at:

Recommended Readings:

·  The Beginners’ Guide to Nation Building

·  Dambisa Moyo, Dead Aid, New York:  Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2009.

·  William Easterly, The White Man’s Burden, Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2007. 

·  Fukuyama, Francis. 2006. Nation Building: Beyond Afghanistan and Iraq. John Hopkins

·  Fukuyama, Francis. 2004. State-Building: Governance and World Order in the 21st Century. University Press. Cornell University Press

Exam Questions:


1.  Stabilization and reconstruction (S&R) and counterinsurgency (COIN) are two undertakings, which often go hand-in-hand, but are fundamentally different and require distinct strategies.  Detail the differences and similarities from the strategic, operational and tactical aspects of both. Use examples from lectures and readings to support your conclusions.  Please use relevant case studies to support your conclusions.  .  NO MORE THAN 4 PAGES.


2.  Assess the effectiveness of the Guiding Principles from USIP.  Are the end states realistic, are the principles achievable and are they helpful in achieving peace in conflict situations such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan?  Can they, and do these principles help in refugee situations such as current events in Turkey, Cyprus, and Europe?  Relative .  NO MORE THAN 3 PAGES.

INSTRUCTIONS:  The final exam constitutes 25% of your total class grade.  This exam is comprised of two questions.  You must answer both questions. 

·  Your exam answers must NOT EXCEED the page total listed for each question.  You will be graded on your ability to accurately and concisely determine, assess and present the issues in the questions.

·  Exam questions raise many issues, DISCUSS ONLY THE MOST RELEVANT.  To reiterate, please be CONCISE in your answers. 

·  Answers to questions must be typed, double-spaced, 12 pt. font, 1-inch margins, with page numbers.

·  Place your name ONLY on a separate sheet AT THE END of your exam to ensure blind grading.  This page will not be counted against any page number limitation.

·  Do NOT put your name on a cover page or anywhere else on your exam answers.

·  Endnotes do NOT count toward your page total and are encouraged.  It is important to CITE your sources.   

·  Use examples from the readings and lectures as appropriate. 

·  Your answers must be written in good, complete, Standard English with careful attention to correct spelling and grammar.  Outlines, “bullets,” incomplete and run on sentences are not acceptable and will not be graded.  Edit and proofread carefully.  It is recommended that you use the spell check and grammar check functions on your word processing program. 


·  Answers must integrate the course readings with the lecture materials.  Some questions call for YOUR OWN IDEAS, supported by analysis and cannot be answered solely by reciting authors and facts.  Your own ideas and analysis are important components of your grade.  Show that you have read the material, understand it, and have thought about it.  Your answers should discuss alternative points of view and present alternative viewpoints thoroughly and sympathetically.  Consider the ARGUMENTS, the AUTHORS associated with these arguments where appropriate and the EVIDENCE supporting the various positions and include appropriate CITATIONS. 

·  Make sure that you answer EVERY PART of the question.  For citations from the class assignments, cite the author’s last name and the page number.  Use this or an alternative method consistently throughout. 

·  Answers must reflect your own work.  

Your answers are due on or before 8:00 pm on 01 May 2016.  Completed exams must be emailed (in MS Word) in their entirety and must arrive
before the deadline.  It is your responsibility to ensure that answers are received completed and in their entirety prior to the deadline