Center for Stabilization & Economic Reconstruction

The Center for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction (CSER) houses a range of programs that center on addressing the challenges of economic recovery of post-conflict and post-disaster states. One of the primary lessons learned from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan was that the U.S. military and the nation’s other governmental agencies must fundamentally reexamine their roles, functions, organization, staffing, budgeting, and education to meet these new challenges.

To accomplish these goals, CSER offers unique educational programs that center on addressing the challenges of implementing stability operations in post-crisis states, including humanitarian relief, security, governance, and economic recovery to areas affected by manmade or natural disasters, or conflict.

Participants in the programs include the US government and military, international governments, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations. 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 participants.

Program Objectives

  • To bring together all stability operations actors who work in post-conflict or post-disaster scenarios, including, but not limited to,
    • U.S. and international government agencies,
    • the private sector,
    • non-governmental organizations, and
    • the military.
  • To conduct programs in a neutral academic environment where a broad array of stability operations actors have the rare opportunity to listen to, debate, and learn from each other, in order to develop innovative and collaborative ways to realize their goals and missions.
  • To break down barriers and build trust among the military, the private sector, and civilian agencies by developing a single sense of purpose and cooperation.

Program Types

  • Pre-deployment Roundtables
  • Executive Seminars
  • Symposia

CSER White Paper
Transforming America's Collaborative Response Capability:  The Executive Education Dimension

Amb. Litt's Blog:  BackLitt

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