Preventive Action Update

May 2, 2011

Director's Note

This spring, CPA convened a series of in-depth, high-level workshops on a variety of topics that rank high on the national security agenda. In response to the ongoing upheaval in the Middle East, at the end of March we invited a group of leading experts on forecasting political instability to consider how to improve current methodologies and make them more useful to policymakers in Washington. Soon after, we held a half-day workshop on the vexing challenge of preventing sexual violence in conflict, which attracted some of the world's leading experts as well as senior members of the U.S. government and representatives from the United Nations. In the month of April, we discussed the future of preventive force in U.S. foreign policy and traveled to Beijing for the second half of CPA's work with the MacArthur Foundation's Asia Security Initiative on analyzing instability on China's periphery. The insights from this workshop are now being used as the basis for further exploration of potential areas of instability in Asia.

Thank you for your interest, and please let us know what you think.

Best Wishes,

Paul B. Stares

General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Preventive Action

Commentary from the Center for Preventive Action

Think Again: Libya

by Micah Zenko


Crumbling Wall Between the Pentagon and CIA

by Micah Zenko

April 28, 2011


The Mythology of Intervention

by Micah Zenko

March 28, 2011


Crisis Management at the Dead Center: The 1960-1961 Presidential Transition and the Bay of Pigs Fiasco

by Rebecca R. Friedman

Presidential Studies Quarterly

March 23, 2011


A Negotiated End to a Civil War

by Micah Zenko

New York Times

March 23, 2011


Does the World Belong in Libya's War

by Micah Zenko

March 18, 2011


U.S. Military Intervention for Libya?

Debate with Micah Zenko

March 18, 2011


Mideast: Preparing for Unpredictable

by Paul Stares


March 5, 2011



by Micah Zenko

March 4, 2011


The Case for UN Peacekeeping

by Micah Zenko and Rebecca R. Friedman

March 2, 2011


The Future of War

by Micah Zenko

Foreign Policy

March/April 2011