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Complex Operations Case Studies Series

A 2008 United States Institute of Peace study titled "Sharing the Space" specifically noted the need for case studies and lessons. Gabriel Marcella and Stephen Fought argued for a case-based approach to teaching complex operations in the pages of Joint Forces Quarterly, noting "Case studies force students into the problem; they put a face on history and bring life to theory." We developed this series of complex operations teaching case studies to address this need. In this process, we aim to promote research and to strengthen relationships among civilian and military researchers and practitioners. Dr. Karen Guttieri is the Series Editor.

Case Study No. 1
Franke, V. (2010). Security by contractor: Outsourcing in peace and stability operations. In K. Guttieri (Series Ed.), Complex Operations Case Studies Series (Vol. 1). Washington, DC: Center for Complex Operations, National Defense University. Student Edition and Teacher Edition.


Case Study No. 2
Curry, P. (2010). Dynamic tension: Security, stability and the opium trade. In K. Guttieri (Series Ed.), Complex Operations Case Studies Series (Vol. 2). Washington, DC: Center for Complex Operations, National Defense University. Student Edition and Teacher Edition.


Case Study No. 3
Potter, J. (2010). Right and wrong, Balanced on the edge of a spear: U.S. forces at a Mosque in Baghdad. In K. Guttieri (Series Ed.), Complex Operations Case Studies Series (Vol. 3). Washington, DC: Center for Complex Operations, National Defense University. Student Edition and Teacher Edition.


Case Study No. 4
Barlow, D. (2010). The Kuwait task force: Postconflict planning and interagency coordination. In K. Guttieri (Series Ed.), Complex Operations Case Studies Series (Vol. 4). Washington, DC: Center for Complex Operations, National Defense University. Student Edition and Teacher Edition. 


Case Study No. 5
Piombo, J. (2010). Military provision of humanitarian and civic assistance: A day in the life of a civil affairs team in the Horn of Africa. In K. Guttieri (Series Ed.), Complex Operations Case Studies Series (Vol. 5). Washington, DC: Center for Complex Operations, National Defense University. Student Edition and Teacher Edition.


Case Study No. 6
Gorkowski, J. (2010). A penny for your thoughts, a nickel for your heart: Buying popular support for counterinsurgency. In K. Guttieri (Series Ed.), Complex Operations Case Studies Series (Vol. 6). Washington, DC: Center for Complex Operations, National Defense University. Student Edition and Teacher Edition.


Case Study No. 7
Brewer, C. (2010). Disarmament in south Sudan. In K. Guttieri (Series Ed.), Complex Operations Case Studies Series (Vol. 7). Washington, DC: Center for Complex Operations, National Defense University. Student Edition and Teacher Edition.


Case Study No. 8
Hodgson, J. (2010). Basra: Strategic dilemmas and force options. In K. Guttieri (Series Ed.), Complex Operations Case Studies Series (Vol. 8). Washington, DC: Center for Complex Operations, National Defense University. Student Edition and Teacher Edition.


Case Study No. 9
Powley, E. H. & Taylor, S. N. (2010). Leading healing in a broken unit. In K. Guttieri (Series Ed.), Complex Operations Case Studies Series (Vol. 9). Washington, DC: Center for Complex Operations, National Defense University. Student Edition and Teacher Edition.


Case Study No. 10
Phillips, A. L. (2010). Mozambique: A chance for peace. In K. Guttieri (Series Ed.), Complex Operations Case Studies Series (Vol. 10).
Washington, DC: Center for Complex Operations, National Defense University. Student Edition and Teacher Edition.


Case Study No. 11
Hightower II, R. L. (2010). The declarations of independence: The Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. In K. Guttieri (Series Ed.),Complex Operations Case Studies Series (Vol. 11). Washington, DC: Center for Complex Operations, National Defense University. Student Edition and Teacher Edition.


Case Study No. 12
Smitson, S. (2010). The road to good intentions: British nation-building in Aden. In K. Guttieri (Series Ed.), Complex Operations Case Studies Series (Vol. 12). Washington, DC: Center for Complex Operations, National Defense University. Student Edition and Teacher Edition.

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