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Where Is the Lone Ranger When We Need Him?: America's Search for a Postconflict Stability Force Paperback – January, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: United States Institute of Peace (January 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192922351X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929223510
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,001,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert M. Perito is a senior program officer in the Center for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability Operations. He is also the coordinator of the Peacekeeping Lessons Learned Project and the Haiti Working Group. He joined USIP in 2001 and has worked for the Professional Training program and the Rule of Law program. He was also a senior fellow in the Jennings Randolph Fellowship program. Before joining USIP, he served as deputy director of the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program at the U.S. Department of Justice. In that role, he was responsible for providing policy guidance and program direction for peacekeeping operations in Haiti, Bosnia, East Timor, and Kosovo and in postconflict environments in Albania, Croatia, and Macedonia. Perito previously was a career Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State, retiring with the rank of minister counselor. His assignments included service as deputy executive secretary of the National Security Council (1988–89). He received a Presidential Meritorious Service Award in 1990 for his leadership of the U.S. delegation to the Angola peace talks. Before joining the Foreign Service, Perito served as a rural development officer with the Peace Corps in Nigeria. Perito has taught at Princeton, American, and George Mason Universities and holds a master’s in peace operations policy from George Mason University.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John on June 27, 2007
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In this book Robert Perito has lifted the veil from one of our biggest short comings in stability operations, the lack of a national law enforcement organization that can perform constabulary missions.

In the book he describes how organizations such as the Gendarmerie Nationale and the Carabinieri are more appropriate organizations to address this challenge than our current method of operation. These "police with military status" organizations have the proper training, experience, organization and logistical support for the stability mission and have the ability to adapt to the operational spectrum from basic policing operations, public security, civil disturbance control, mafia groups and banditry, through to limited combat operations.

If there is one oversight in his discussion on the subject he fails to mention the one "police with military status" organization that we do have, the US Coast Guard. While performing its mission on or near water a lot of the principles, structures, and operational dimensions this organization provides are similar to the operational needs and the proposed organizations to address those needs. Maybe it's time we formed an 6th armed service organization like the Coast Guard for land missions from the Border Patrol; uniformed federal agencies, like the Park Police, Uniformed Division Secret Service, Federal Protect Service, etc; and the Military Police.
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