In late 2010 and early 2011, Civilian Response Corps members from four U.S. agencies went to the Kyrgyz Republic to further efforts to reduce potential conflict and support the transition to a new government.
After the Kyrgyz government fell in April 2010, Corps experts offered conflict prevention expertise, reported on political and economic conditions, assisted with strategic communications and aid coordination, and served as election advisers. The Corps helped produce a six-month U.S. strategy to help a new, more broad-based government quickly stand up and provide essential services.
After ethnic violence in June 2010 left hundreds dead and hundreds of thousands displaced, Corps members established a temporary U.S. office in the south. From there the Corps assisted in the coordination of humanitarian and disaster response and improved reporting from the region.
Jim helped set up and run a temporary U.S. assistance coordination unit that allowed the United States prevent conflict and monitor events in the south of the Kyrgyz Republic. One of his challenges was to help make sure that free coats and blankets were distributed proportionately among ethnic groups during the violent period, thereby avoiding perceived inequalities that could have ignited further conflict.
Jon helped give added reach to the political and economic sections of the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek by adding to their depth of understanding of what was going on in the southern part of the country.