Today, the U.S. Department of State established a new Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) to focus on conflict prevention, crisis response, and stabilization activities. The bureau will subsume the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (S/CRS).
CSO advances U.S. national security by driving integrated, civilian-led efforts to prevent, respond to, and stabilize crises in priority states, setting conditions for long-term peace. The bureau emphasizes sustainable solutions guided by local dynamics and actors. CSO promotes unity of effort, the strategic use of scarce resources, and burden-sharing with international partners. The bureau's comprehensive approach will help the State Department anticipate and adapt to the security challenges of the 21st century, while supporting America's leadership in emerging crises.
In a posting on the Impact Blog, Assistant Administrator Nancy Lindborg welcomed the creation of the new bureau and underscored how it will be a critical partner for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in increasing global capabilities that are essential to crisis prevention, response, recovery, and transition efforts. Assistant Administrator Lindborg wrote:
"A key responsibility of the new State Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations is the continued management of the Civilian Response Corps, civilian staff from various U.S. government agencies trained to enhance U.S. government engagements in fragile states and post-conflict environments while laying the path for longer- term development and peace. Last year alone, USAID Civilian Response Corps personnel provided more than 9,300 person days to augment Embassy and USAID Mission efforts managing crises in 25 countries such as Haiti, South Sudan, Yemen, Tunisia and others."
For more information, please visit www.state.gov/g/cso.