New Counterinsurgency (COIN) curriculum will be available to defense educators in 2017 Featured

From right: Prof. David DB DesRoches, COL Jean Perez, Dr. Gary Rauchfuss
From right: Prof. David DB DesRoches, COL Jean Perez, Dr. Gary Rauchfuss Brian O'Connor

Paris, France (Jun.24, 2016) – As part of a multinational effort to enhance defense education and provide leaders in partner nations with world class course materials, the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) is nearing completion of a Counterinsurgency (COIN) Curriculum envisioned to find its way into classrooms of national defense universities worldwide.

Having begun the COIN Curriculum development effort in January of 2015, the PfPC’s Conflict Studies Working Group, in collaboration with a multinational group of professional historians, has produced a draft defense education curriculum which is now underway with final review. The PfPC, in concert with NATO Allied Command Transformation, expects to begin distributing the curriculum to national defense universities and other defense education institutions starting in 2017. The curriculum is anticipated to play an important role in the education of government leaders, who are increasingly confronted with a security environment largely shaped by irregular warfare. At this year’s NATO Functional Clearing House, the soon to be completed curriculum was discussed, and plans are underway for integration with the Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP).


The latest COIN curriculum development review took place from 22 - 24 June and was sponsored by the Service historique de la Défense at Château de Vincennes, in Paris, France. The collaborative review included experts from the French Ministry of Defense (MoD), Hungarian MoD, the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA), and the U.S. National Archives & Records Administration (NARA). The group was welcomed by Mr. Henri Zuber, Deputy Director, French Defense Historical Service.

COIN Curriculum development is the latest in a series of PfPC defense education curricula development activities, which also include the development of Cyber Defense, Gender Studies, and Countering Violent Extremism curricula. To date the PfPC has developed Officer Development, and Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Development, and Partnership Action Plan on Defense Institution Building, all available for download at

To learn more about the PfPC’s defense education curricula development activities, please visit PfPC Defense Education Curricula.