Rethinking Civilian Stabilization and Reconstruction

  • Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013
  • Syria and Mali are not the first foreign conflicts the United States has tried to avoid intervening in militarily. Nor will they be the last. Despite common beliefs, U.S. leaders rarely use military power to respond to foreign crises. When they do, it's only after exhausting civilian options.

    Do U.S. civilian institutions have the right mix of support, funding, and capabilities to respond to major crises and political transitions? Can the United States protect its interests and prevent conflicts without using its military?

    CSIS, with IRD and AECOM, will host a distinguished group of U.S. experts and foreign recipients of U.S. assistance to take a deep look at where the United States stands in its civilian capacity for reconstruction and stabilization. What does it do well? What needs improvement? Where is more support for civilian capabilities needed?


    8:00-8:20 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks

    8:20-8:40 am: Is America Losing Faith in Civilian Power?

    8:40-9:30 am: Stabilization and Reconstruction Beyond Afghanistan

    9:45 am-11:45 am: U.S. Support to Transitions

    12:15-1:30 pm: Working Donors: A Conversation with Recipient Country Officials

    1:45-2:45 pm: Overcoming the Operational Challenges to Donor Coordination

    2:45-3:15 pm: Observations about the State of the Field

    3:15-4:00 pm: Keynote Address: The Future of Stabilization

    Please note that registration opens at 7:30 am. Please direct RSVP requests to

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