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dc.contributor.advisorMyung, Noah
dc.contributor.advisorJaye, Michael
dc.contributor.authorSymonette, Benjamin M.
dc.dateJune 2014
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-13T20:18:01Z
dc.date.available2014-08-13T20:18:01Z
dc.date.issued2014-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/42735
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis proposes a decision-support process to facilitate a more comprehensive approach that U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) may adopt to reclaim control of Northern Mali from violent extremist organizations (VEOs). Specifically, the thesis explores the effectiveness of intervening with sustainable-development projects to deter, displace, or defeat VEOs. The author defines the problem through a systems approach by investigating the conditions that contribute to the Malian government’s lack of control, then uses a design approach to identify an intervention strategy. After prototyping possible solutions, the author explores U.S. policy and strategy to verify the feasibility of intervening via sustainable development initiatives. Finally, the author uses integer programming (IP) to formulate, solve, and interpret the intervention strategy. The author evaluates two IP models to allocate sustainable-development projects optimally for the purposes of rehabilitating desert lands, gaining compliance from non-state actors, and regaining control of ungoverned territories. This research finds that using a decision-support process may help AFRICOM nest its strategy within the policy promoted by the U.S. ambassador to Mali. By doing so, AFRICOM may gain more influence in Northern Mali by pursuing a whole of government approach.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/sustainabledevel1094542735
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleSustainable development: a strategy for regaining control of Northern Malien_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderNaficy, Siamak
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authorLinear programmingen_US
dc.subject.authorinteger programmingen_US
dc.subject.authorsensitivity analysisen_US
dc.subject.authorsustainable developmenten_US
dc.subject.authorstability operationsen_US
dc.subject.authorviolent extremist organizationen_US
dc.subject.authorAFRICOMen_US
dc.subject.authorAfricaen_US
dc.subject.authorMalien_US
dc.subject.authorTrans Saharaen_US
dc.subject.authorSahelen_US
dc.subject.authorsystems thinkingen_US
dc.subject.authordesign thinkingen_US
dc.subject.authorand wicked problem.en_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Defense Analysis Master of Business Administrationen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineMaster of Business Administrationen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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