USIP Press Books
November 2009
244 pp., 6" x 9"
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"This book will have an incredible impact on the future of civil-military integration. Together with the Army's revolutionary Stability Operations doctrine, these complementary manuals will influence our national security for generations. No civilian should deploy without them."

Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, Commanding General of the U.S. Army's Combined Arms Center
Guiding Principles for Stabilization and Reconstruction presents the first-ever, comprehensive set of shared principles for building sustainable peace in societies emerging from violent conflict. The manual serves as a tool for U.S. government civilian planners and practitioners engaged in stabilization and reconstruction (S&R) missions and is a valuable resource for international actors and nongovernmental organizations.

Today, civilian actors operate without the support of any unifying framework or common set of principles to guide their actions in these complex environments. As global demand for these missions continues to rise, this gap will impede the cooperation and cohesion that is needed across the peacebuilding community to ensure success of any S&R mission. Guiding Principles seeks to fill this gap by providing:

• an overarching strategic framework for S&R missions based on a construct of End States, Conditions and Approaches.

• a comprehensive set of shared principles and processes, distilled from the wealth of lessons that have emerged from past S&R missions.

A product of the collaboration between the United States Institute of Peace and the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, this manual reflects the input of dozens of institutions across the peacebuilding community providing a comprehensive review of major strategic policy documents from state ministries of defense, foreign affairs and development, along with major intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations that toil in war-shattered landscapes around the globe.


  • Introduction
  • Strategic Framework for Stabilization and Reconstruction
  • Cross-Cutting Principles
  • High-Level Trade-offs, Gaps, and Challenges
  • Fundamentals of a Comprehensive Approach
  • End States
  • Safe and Secure Environment
  • Rule of Law
  • Stable Governance
  • Sustainable Economy
  • Social Well-Being
  • Appendices
  • A. Resource List
  • B. Participants in Review Process
  • C. Summary of Strategic Frameworks Surveyed
  • D. Snapshot of Components from Overarching Resources
  • E. Acronyms and Glossary of Selected Key Terms

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