CSO hosted a luncheon to formally inaugurate the Stabilization Advi-sory Council (SAC), a new public-private partnership created to build a constituency from diverse segments of civil society that can collab-orate to advance stabilization in policy, public engagement, and pro-grammatic spheres. This is the first event in the public roll-out of the Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR). Attendees include Assistant Secretary of Defense Owen West, USAID Assistant Administrator Ka-ren Freeman, and senior-level representatives from civil society.

Think tank
CSO hosted a Conference on Anticipating, Preventing, and Respond-ing to Conflict with Think tanks, academia, and NGOs present. This event focused on atrocity prevention, countering violent extremism, defections, defeat-ISIS, election violence, and peace processes with different breakout sessions.

The Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) invited members in the Peace Process Support Network (PPSN) to a gather-ing in Washington, D.C. on March 8, 2018. This event offered Net-work members the opportunity to inform CSO’s approach to peace process support in 2018 and engage directly in Department of State policy conversations on current processes.

On June 12, 2018, CSO hosted a symposium on Vigilantes and Non-State Armed Groups: Bridging Political-Security Gaps. The event fo-cused on leveraging non-state armed groups to fill security gaps in weak states, and how to manage such groups in a way that mitigates the potential political risks involved. CSO hosted and moderated the symposium comprised of presentations from the International Crisis Group.