Understanding State Fragility and Institutional Resiliency (Pilot)

Functional Support USFIR SRR 3551 Open Nomination Only Unclassified


This course provides information about these three themes: (a) the characteristics of the international system and the modern nation-state, (b) state fragility and institutional resiliency (c) state-sponsored resilience and resistance strategies. Students will receive an appreciation for the policies and practices utilized by governments and SOF. Instruction is structured within five (5) lessons across 24-hours of instruction. The first lesson will discuss the histories of Ukraine and Georgia as partially occupied states. The second lesson will explore the foundations of democracy and the 3rd wave of democratization. Lesson three in enlighten the students on Westphalia and the modern nation-state. In lesson four the students will discuss the models of state fragility. Concluding the instruction will be lesson five where the focus will be understanding institutional resilience. Students will complete readings, listen to podcasts, watch media, and participate in collaborative discussion boards in preparation for each class.


The primary target audience is USSOF personnel who are or will likely be assigned to Components and other joint operational staffs (particularly TSOCs) which develop, coordinate, and execute plans in support of Geographic and/or Functional Combatant Commander objectives. In addition, USSOCOM’s SOF Network of multinational and interagency partner personnel will be invited to attend to bring their unique perspectives on planning and execution within the JIIM-C contemporary security environment.




Various readings and videos.


JSOU is currently an accredited educational institution accredited through the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) - a national accrediting agency recognized by the Department of Education. This course has not yet been submitted for accreditation.

There are no scheduled events for this course