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What works best when building partner capacity in challenging contexts

What works best when building partner capacity in challenging contexts

Paul, Christopher, 1971- author

"For both diplomatic and national security reasons, security cooperation continues to be important for the United States. The needs and existing capabilities of various nations differ, however, as will results. In previous research, RAND identified a series of factors that correlate with the success of building partner capacity (BPC) efforts. Some of these are under U.S. control, and some are inherent in the partner nation or under its control. Strategic imperatives sometimes compel the United States to work with PNs that lack favorable characteristics but with which the United States needs to conduct BPC anyway. This report explores what the United States can do, when conducting BPC in challenging contexts, to maximize prospects for success. The authors address this question using the logic model outlined in a companion report and examining a series of case studies, looking explicitly at the challenges that can interfere with BPC. Some of the challenges stemmed from U.S. shortcomings, such as policy or funding issues; others from the partner's side, including issues with practices, personalities, baseline capacity, and lack of willingness; still others from disagreements among various stakeholders over objectives and approaches. Among the factors correlated with success in overcoming these challenges were consistency of funding and implementation, shared security interests, and matching objectives with the partner nation's ability to absorb and sustain capabilities."--Back cover

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Published Santa Monica : Rand Corporation 2015

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Statement of responsibility: Christopher Paul, Jannifer D.P. Moroney, Beth Grill, Colin P. Clarke, Lisa Saum-Manning, Heather Peterson, Brian Gordon
ISBN: 0833088718, 0833093320, 9780833088710, 9780833093325
Note: "August 21, 2015"--Table of contents page.
Note: "Prepared for the Joint Staff J5, the Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy"--Preface.
Note: "National Defense Research Institute."
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 57-58).
Note: Online resource; title from PDF title page (RAND, viewed October 09, 2015).
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xix, 58 pages) : black and white illustration, black and white chart.
Series: [Research report] ; RR-937-OSD
Subject: POLITICAL SCIENCE Security (National & International); Military assistance, American.; Military education International cooperation.; Soldiers Training of International cooperation.; National security International cooperation.
Series Title: Research report (Rand Corporation) ; RR-937-OSD.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Preface
  2. Figures and Tables
  3. Summary
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Abbreviations
  6. Chapter One: Introduction
  7. Methods and Approach

  8. Outline of the Remainder of the Report

    1. Chapter Two: Insights from Building Partner Capacity in Four Contextually Challenging Cases
  9. Results from a Previous Study Largely Validated in the New Case Studies

  10. Additional Comparative Observations

    1. Chapter Three: Contextual Challenges, Disrupters, and Workarounds
  11. Variations in How Contextual Challenges Play Out

  12. Input and Disrupter Categories

  13. Disrupters and Workarounds, by Disrupter Category

    1. Chapter Four: Recommendations
  14. Get Your Own House in Order

  15. Anticipate Challenges and Plan Accordingly

  16. Match Delivery to Partners' Willingness, Interests, and Absorption Capacity

  17. Plan for Sustainment

  18. Strive for Consistency, but Retain Agility

    1. Appendix: Catalog of Identified Disrupters
    2. References.