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.

On June 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of State, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Department of Defense (DOD) jointly released the Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR): A Framework to Maximize the Effectiveness of U.S. Government Efforts to Stabilize Conflict-Affected Areas. The interagency document lays out a shared definition of stabilization to guide U.S. interventions in conflict stabilization activities, focusing on their political nature. The SAR aims to better direct resources through time-bound and strategic initiatives that help locally legitimate leaders govern inclusively, build peace, and prevent a return to violence.

On June 26-27, 2018, Creative Learning, the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, and other strategic partners gathered over 300 thought leaders, policy makers, legislators, development practitioners, peacebuilders, and the private sector to engage with the State, USAID, and DoD architects of the SAR and each other to dialogue about applying this new framework in practice, incorporating a multi-stakeholder approach, and addressing challenges to implementing coordinated stabilization programming.

http://stabilizationsymposium.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Stabilization-Executive-Report_FINAL.pdf

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