The Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) is a vital part of the ambitious U.S. effort to be more effective in preventing and responding to conflict. CSO advances U.S. national security by working with partners to break cycles of violent conflict, strengthen civilian security, and mitigate crises in priority countries. CSO supports the State Department by providing analysis, strategic planning, and on-the-ground operations.
CSO is working in more than a dozen countries, deploying a wide range of civilian talent quickly to address the causes of conflict. Our initiatives include:
“We value security and stability in other parts of the world, knowing that failed states are among our greatest security threats, and new partners are our greatest assets.”
– Secretary of State John Kerry