The Center for Stability and Development (CSD) was established by CNA to focus on the study of:
- Development and assessment of foreign security forces (e.g., security force assistance, foreign internal defense, building partner capacity)
- Conflict prevention, crisis response, and post-conflict reconstruction efforts
- Terrorism and counterterrorism, insurgency and counterinsurgency, political, unconventional, and information warfare, and stability operations
- Economic and governance development of fragile and failed states
- Assessment, monitoring, and evaluation (AM&E) of security, stability, and development programs
CSD's mission is to support decision-makers charged with planning, conducting, and assessing/evaluating prevention, response, stability, and development operations with objective analysis grounded in an understanding of actual operations. In conjunction with CNA's field program, CSD has deployed analysts to conduct field work in Iraq and the broader Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia, Central and South America, and numerous former Soviet Union states.
Our analysts often work on-site to provide direct, real-time analytic support to tactical and operational leaders in the military, as well as in other government and non-governmental agencies. These experiences imbue CSD analysts with unique perspectives on current operations that we in turn use to provide insightful, actionable advice to high-level decision makers on issues of strategic importance.
CSD Research Available to the Public
Afghan National Security
- Summary Report: U.S.-UK Integration in Helmand, 2016.
- Were the Afghan National Security Forces Successful in 2013? 2014.
- Independent Assessment of the Afghan National Security Forces, 2014.
- On the Ground in Afghanistan: Counterinsurgency in Practice (with Marine Corps Univ. Press), 2012.
- Acknowledging Limits: Police Advisors and Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan (with MCUP), 2011.
- Conscription in the Afghan Army: Compulsory Service versus an All Volunteer Force, 2011.
- Asking the Right Questions: A Framework for Assessing Counterterrorism Actions, 2016. Listen to the podcast.
- Risky Business: The Future of Civil Defense Forces and Counterterrorism in an Era of Persistent Conflict, 2014.
- The First War on Terrorism? US Domestic Counterterrorism During the 1970s and Early 1980s, 2014.
- The Trans Sahara Counter Terrorism Partnership: Building Partner Capacity to Counter Terrorism and Violent Extremism, 2014.
- Unconventional Warfare and Counterinsurgency in Pakistan: A Brief History, 2012.
- "Irksome and Unpopular Duties": Pakistan’s Frontier Corps, Local Security Forces, and Counterinsurgency, 2012.
Africa Security Issues
- Sources of Resilience in the Lord’s Resistance Army, 2017.
- The Same, Yet Different: U.S. and Gulf State Interests in the Post-Arab Spring Maghreb, 2017.
- Aiding Cameroon’s Effort to Counter Boko Haram, 2015.
- Security During Nigeria’s 2015 National Elections: What Should We Expect From the Police? 2015.
- Rethinking the U.S. Approach to Boko Haram: The Case for a Regional Strategy, 2015.
- Diagnosing the Boko Haram Conflict: Grievances, Motivations, and Institutional Resilience in Northeast Nigeria, 2015.
US Military Operations
- Independent Assessment of U.S. Government Efforts against Al-Qaeda, 2017. (Summary)
- Future Policy Options for U.S. Efforts Against Al-Qaeda, 2017.
- Russia’s "Ambiguous Warfare" and Implications for the U.S. Marine Corps, 2015.
- Are We Winning? A Brief History of Military Operations Assessment, 2014.
- Charting the Course for Civil Affairs in the New Normal, 2015.
- Transnational Challenges and U.S. National Security: Defining and Prioritizing Borderless Threats, 2017.
- Reviving the Caliphate: Fad, or the Future? 2014.
- "No Security Without Us": Tribes and Tribalism in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, 2014.
MCU Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1
MCU Journal, Vol. 6, No. 2
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The National Interest
December 30, 2014
Are We Ready for a 'Fedayeen-Style' Attack?
Homeland Security Today
May 10, 2016
Stamping out Violent Extremism: What can the U.S. Government Do?
War on the Rocks
February 12, 2015
Joint Forces Quarterly
September 30, 2014
March 11, 2014
War on the Rocks
April 15, 2015
The National Interest
June 19, 2014
Real Clear Defense
March 18, 2015
Other study topics include:
- Independent assessment of USG actions against al Qaeda
- Assessment, monitoring, and evaluation of the Maritime Security Initiative
- Russian information activities in former Soviet Union states
- Evaluation of the U.S. Colombia Action Program
- Synthesis of CNA’s work on special operations
- Lessons learned from assessment, monitoring, and evaluation in Afghanistan
- The state of research on transnational challenges
- Security vulnerabilities in the Balkans
- The future of the Islamic State in Libya
- Analysis of the future operating environment for the Marine Corps
- Strategy and tactics of the Islamic State in the Khorasan
- Future Joint demand for Civil Affairs
- Costs and capabilities of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces
- Conflict assessment framework for Libya
- Activities of the Gulf States in North Africa
- Analysis of tactics used by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
- U.S. military posture for counterterrorism and crisis response in west Africa
- Security force assessment and civil affairs integration in Central and South America
- Novel frameworks for assessing counterterrorism operations
- Countering the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria
To learn more about these and other works by CNA’s Center for Stability and Development or to speak with our analysts, please contact the director, Dr. Jonathan Schroden, at (703) 824-2508 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For classified work and a full listing of CSD publications, please refer to our SIPRnet website: http://www.cna.navy.smil.mil/.
- Jonathan Schroden, Ph.D. – Director, Center for Stability and Development
- LTG Frank Kearney (Ret.) – Senior Fellow
- BG Donald Bolduc (Ret.) – Senior Advisor
- Mark Giroux – Principal Advisor
- Jerry Meyerle, Ph.D. – Principal Research Scientist
- Megan McBride, Ph.D. – Research Analyst
- David Wallsh, Ph.D. – Research Analyst
- RADM Ed Winters (Ret.) – Senior Fellow
- Julia McQuaid – Principal Research Scientist
- William Rosenau, Ph.D. – Senior Research Scientist
- Alex Thurston, Ph.D. – Research Scientist
- Maria Kingsley – Research Scientist
- Vera Zakem – Research Scientist
- David Knoll, Ph.D. – Research Scientist
- Pamela Faber – Associate Research Analyst
- Zack Gold - Associate Research Analyst
- Alexander Powell – Senior Research Specialist
- Lauren Frey – Associate Research Analyst
- Kate Hammerberg – Associate Research Analyst
- Zack Steinborn – Research Assistant
Experts Jonathan Schroden, Julia McQuaid, Pamela Faber and Zack Gold discuss the findings of CNA’s independent assessment of U.S. government efforts against Al Qaeda. Listen now.
Dr. Larry Lewis, Dr. David Knoll and Zack Gold discuss the findings and implications of newly released CNA paper, Decade of War: Applying Past Lessons to the Counter-ISIS Campaign. Listen now.
In episode 5, Dr. Eric Thompson moderates a discussion on ISIS’s use of social media, drones, tunnels and more with CNA experts Dr. Jonathan Schroden, Dr. David Knoll, Pamela Faber and Zack Gold. Listen now.