Building Governance Capacity through the Commander's Emergency Response Program

  • January 15, 2008
  • LTC Peter Andrysiak, COL Scott A Spellmon

In Counterinsurgency the sixth paradox states: "The host nation doing something tolerably is normally better than us doing it well." This paper explores this paradox and its relationship to building governance capacity through the (CERP). The authors describe the origins of the CERP program, its initial role in improving governance capacity in Iraq, and present an alternative method commanders can employ in their unit CERP program to achieve more positive effects in their governance line of operation.