The Charles Koch Foundation has issued an RFP for research projects that explore viable solutions to stated U.S. objectives in Afghanistan and Syria.
In December, President Trump announced his intention to withdraw troops from Syria and draw down America’s military presence in Afghanistan. Given the president’s directive, as well as questions raised about when and how U.S. deployments in either country will end, the Koch Foundation is interested in proposals for research that considers these questions.
To that end, grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of research projects that include (but are not limited) to papers, conferences, workshops, media. The foundation is especially interested in research that addresses the unintended consequences of U.S. military actions abroad and explores the costs and impact of the engagements in Afghanistan and Syria; the impact of U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan and Syria on American society — for instance, the effect of U.S. activities on civil liberties or the health and welfare of veterans; the concept of threat inflation and theories of credibility and reputation in relation to decisions to reduce commitments and withdraw from foreign conflicts; executive–legislative relations as concern these conflicts, including the constitutional division of war powers; the impact of domestic interest groups — businesses, think tanks, and the permanent national security bureaucracy on U.S. foreign policy — as they relate to the wars in Afghanistan and Syria; Pentagon spending, force structure, and the strategic demands of remaining in Afghanistan and Syria, including structural incentives for military expenditures; and civil-military relations, especially in the context of U.S. involvement in the Afghanistan and Syrian wars.
Eligible candidates include investigators affiliated with universities, colleges, think tanks, or other organizations that are tax exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Code.
See the Charles Koch Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.