Year in Review: Conflict Prevention and Stabilization

February 9, 2011
2010 Stabilization and Reconstruction Graphic

About the Author: Adam Graham-Silverman serves in the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization.

News of violent conflict comes from all corners of the globe with unsettling regularity. The State Department's Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (S/CRS) takes a new approach to these fragile, conflict-plagued countries and regions. In 2010, S/CRS and the Civilian Response Corps, our expeditionary unit made up of experts from eight federal departments and agencies, worked in many countries central to national security, including Afghanistan, Sudan, and the Kyrgyz Republic. Our Year in Review highlights our accomplishments in conflict prevention and stabilization over the past year.

S/CRS and the Corps deploy civilian expertise to help countries find and implement ways to prevent or emerge from violent conflict. We help the Department of State take a more systematic approach to conflict prevention, and provide the intellectual and logistical infrastructure to make this possible. And we forge partnerships across the U.S. government and with international organizations to develop ways to improve U.S. work in conflict and crisis.

Our work represents a view of the future of U.S. foreign policy, leveraging civilian power from across the U.S. government. It's a strategy that lies at the heart of the Secretary of State's vision for 21st century statecraft, as laid out in the recently released Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). The QDDR calls on the Department to make stabilization and conflict prevention and response part of its core missions. We hope you will learn more about our organization and join us on the path ahead.

An electronic version of the 2010 Year in Review is available here.

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