Game theory and the warrior diplomat interagency cooperation in stability and reconstruction operations
Irmischer, Drew M.
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The U.S. has become increasingly involved with failed and failing states since the end of the Cold War in the 1990s. Further, failed and failing states are forecast to remain a national security issue well into the future. United States involvement with failed and failing states has primarily focused around reconstruction and stability operations, and crisis management efforts. Previous reconstruction and stability efforts have been wrought with inefficiency and agency stovepipes. The United States believes a whole government approach is the solution to effective reconstruction and stability operations. While most agree, interagency cooperation is imperative to the whole government approach, interagency cooperation is difficult to achieve in practice. The United States State Department has been placed in charge of reconstruction and stability operations but has limited resources available. The Department of Defense is the only agency with the resources available. The Department of State and Department of Defense resources, organizational structure, and capabilities are compared. Reconstruction and stabilization efforts of Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan and Iraq are examined. An analysis utilizing Game Theory is performed to determine key mechanisms increasing interagency collaboration during reconstruction and stability operations.
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