Center for Stabilization & Economic Reconstruction

The Center for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction (CSER) houses a range of programs that address the challenges of cooperation during the response and recovery phases of post-conflict and post-disaster states. One of the primary lessons learned from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the response to catastrophic natural disasters around the globe, was that the U.S. military and the nation’s governmental agencies must fundamentally reexamine their roles, functions, organization, staffing, budgeting, and education to meet these new challenges. The crisis responder’s ability to cooperate with counterparts from dozens of other organizations, public and private, domestic and international, requires a new kind of professional education.

Educational programs

CSER offers unique educational programs that enhance career professionals’ understanding of each other, break down misperceptions and build trust. In doing so, our courses improve the participants’ operational readiness and capabilities, realizing that their next assignment or deployment might be just days away. We intend our program alumni to become effective interpreters for all of the other organizational cultures that they will encounter during the next crisis.

Classroom environment

Participants in the programs include stability operations actors who work in post-conflict or post-disaster scenarios for:

  • U.S. and international government agencies
  • military
  • private sector
  • humanitarian and non-governmental organizations

The CSER team works hard to maintain a neutral academic environment where a broad array of stability operations actors have the opportunity to listen to, inform, debate, and ultimately learn from each other. The goal of creating this environment is to build trust in order to develop innovative and collaborative ways to realize their individual and collective goals.

Customized programs

CSER’s stability and economic reconstruction programs can be customized in content and length, including geographical and functional focus, depending upon the objectives of the stakeholders.

Sample key topics

Though each program curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of the participants, key topics may include:

  • Governance and Rule of Law
  • Economics and Finance
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Leadership and Communication
  • Information Sharing
  • Logistics
  • Security Assistance
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