IPA’s Global Strategy Group (GSG) is a team of former officers from the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, Treasury, Commerce, Justice, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the FBI, and the private sector. They are a team of experts in foreign affairs, global security, interagency and intergovernmental cooperation. Emphasizing a comprehensive, whole-of-government approach, the GSG provides solutions by designing, planning and executing scenario-supported wargames and experiments addressing complex emerging security challenges.

The GSG has produced and delivered numerous reports and handbooks on best practices for civil-military, interagency, and host-country cooperation. The topics range from conflict prevention and mitigation to post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction. The team has also provided extensive support to NATO in moving toward the implementation of the Alliance’s Strategic Concept.

The U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Department of Defense (DoD) recently released the “Stabilization Assistance Review” (SAR). The SAR discusses how the United States can most effectively leverage diplomacy, defense, and foreign assistance to stabilize conflict-affected areas. The SAR formally defines agency roles for stabilization missions, naming State as the lead agency for stabilization efforts; USAID as the lead agency for non-security stabilization assistance; and DoD as a supporting element.

The document defines stabilization as, “a political endeavor involving an integrated civilian-military process to create conditions where locally legitimate authorities and systems can peaceably manage conflict and prevent a resurgence of violence. Transitional in nature, stabilization may include efforts to establish civil security, provide access to dispute resolution, and deliver targeted basic services, and establish a foundation for the return of displaced people and longer term development.”

The SAR outlines findings from an extensive review of past stabilization engagements; discusses the importance of revitalizing U.S. Government stabilization efforts; describes core principles and lessons learned; and outlines a proposed framework for future U.S stabilization efforts.

Stabilization Assistance Review: A Framework for Maximizing the Effectiveness of U.S Government Efforts to Stabilize Conflict-Affected Areas:


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