Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 11/2010

Harnessing Post-Conflict "Transitions": A Conceptual Primer

Nicholas J. Armstrong, Jacqueline Chura-Beaver.

October 2010

The Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College


Current research and available tools for transition in post-conflict situations are analyzed. The authors make a significant contribution to the field by providing a broadly applicable definition of transition and a comprehensive assessment of the existing approaches and literature on the topic. Most importantly, their analysis lays the groundwork for future conceptual development and improved implementation of post-conflict transitions. To evaluate transition strategies and make recommendations for future stability operations, researchers and policymakers require both a common understanding and a way ahead for advancing the concept as a critical doctrinal and operational objective.