IPA’s Global Strategy Group (GSG) is a team of former officers from the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, Treasury, Commerce, Justice, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the FBI, and the private sector. They are a team of experts in foreign affairs, global security, interagency and intergovernmental cooperation. Emphasizing a comprehensive, whole-of-government approach, the GSG provides solutions by designing, planning and executing scenario-supported wargames and experiments addressing complex emerging security challenges.

The GSG has produced and delivered numerous reports and handbooks on best practices for civil-military, interagency, and host-country cooperation. The topics range from conflict prevention and mitigation to post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction. The team has also provided extensive support to NATO in moving toward the implementation of the Alliance’s Strategic Concept.

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Engaging discussion on terrorism and counter-terrorism and a link to a new report, "Preventing Extremism in Fragile States, a New Approach."

A comprehensive approach that integrates diplomatic, economic, and military tools is necessary for U.S. reconstruction and stabilization efforts to be effective. Also includes a timely discussion of the dissent process in the U.S. government. Should the State Department's process to allow officials to express their disagreement with policy be expanded to other USG agencies?

Discussion of current events in foreign affairs from around the world. Topics include a U.S. ambassador's reflections on Afghanistan, water issues in the Middle East, the long-term outlook for Syria, and a comprehensive and critical study of the U.S. Army's role in the war in Iraq.

Latest topic: Violence in Iraq
2 weeks ago

Discussion of issues related to U.S. immigration and international migration.

The U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Department of Defense (DoD) recently released the “Stabilization Assistance Review” (SAR). This document and accompanying efforts discuss how the United States and and other countries can most effectively leverage diplomacy, defense, and foreign assistance to stabilize conflict-affected areas.

Discussion of a variety of civil-military affairs issues. 

3 months ago

China's "Belt and Road Initiative" encompassing infrastructure development and investments throughout the world has come under increasing scrutiny.

Links to organizations and publications of interest to those interested in foreign affairs and national security.

Learn more about U.S. civil affairs and how it leverages its personnel's expertise in governance, economics, and political issues to partner with civil society and further U.S. goals.

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