Who We Are

CSO helps embassies and diplomats to visualize, understand, and stabilize conflict. Drawing from multiple disciplines and using conflict prevention tools and field-driven, evidence-based analysis, CSO develops and supports strategies to help the Department and U.S. embassies protect civilians and stabilize communities in conflict.


Senior Bureau Official Thomas Hushek

Date: 2015 Description: Thomas Hushek, Senior Bureau Official, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations - State Dept Image

Thomas Hushek serves as Senior Bureau Official for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO). A career Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Hushek most recently served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna from 2013-2015.


Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Neal Kringel

Date: 2017 Description: Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Neal Kringel - State Dept Image

Neal Kringel serves as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO).


Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Jason Ladnier

Date: 05/26/2017 Description: Jason M. Ladnier  - State Dept Image

Jason Ladnier serves as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO).


Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Valda Vikmanis-Keller

Date: 10/19/2017 Description: Photo of Valda Vikmanis-Keller. - State Dept Image

Valda Vikmanis-Keller serves as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO).