U.S. Department of State Launches Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
November 22, 2011
Southern Sudan Stabilization Team in Lakes State

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.



United States
November 23, 2011

Zharkov in the U.S.A. writes:

Here you go - do something about your guys in Egypt!

Egyptian Military Using Lethal Nerve Gas on Protesters

The Egyptian military has been using a banned chemical agent to deal with hundreds of thousands of protesters, according to several news sources. At least 23 Egyptians have died and more than 1,700 have succumbed to a lethal nerve gas military forces have been using during the past three days in clashes in and around Cairo's Tahrir Square. The lethal gas had been used at the height of South Africa's apartheid in the 1980s and has been banned by international convention. An Australian paper reports the gas canisters are marked "Made in USA."

Massachusetts, USA
November 23, 2011

Maureen in Massachusetts writes:

Would the(CSO)now partner with the(INL)and the mission of the advancement of women (police officer training in Afghanistan)?

If so, how would this impact current initiatives in place? I was just wondering if the newly created(CSO)would augment resources for the above stabilization efforts or rest unchanged.

Thank you for your post.


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