We present a formal model of post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction operations. Following an overview of the relevant nation building literature, we specify a closed system of nonlinear, first order, non-autonomous differential equations into a Formal Stabilization & Reconstruction
Operations Model (FSROM). Subsequently, the model is empirically tested with panel data from six S&R operations in the latter half of the 20th century using seemingly unrelated regression estimation (SURE) techniques to derive coefficient estimates for post-conflict nation building.
We also provide qualitative assessments of our model fit from a case study perspective. The FSROM is then applied to current Operation Iraqi Freedom S&R actions. Our initial FSROM efforts indicate that future research should focus on increasing the temporal & geospatial resolution
of specified variables as well as adding more operationally relevant factors.
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