Center for Stabilization & Economic Reconstruction

The Center for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction (CSER) houses a range of programs that address the challenges of cooperation during the response and recovery phases of post-conflict and post-disaster states. One of the primary lessons learned from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the response to catastrophic natural disasters around the globe, was that the U.S. military and the nation’s governmental agencies must fundamentally reexamine their roles, functions, organization, staffing, budgeting, and education to meet these new challenges. The crisis responder’s ability to cooperate with counterparts from dozens of other organizations, public and private, domestic and international, requires a new kind of professional education.

CSER offers unique educational programs that enhance career professionals’ understanding of each other, break down misperceptions and build trust. In doing so, our courses improve the participants’ operational readiness and capabilities, realizing that their next assignment or deployment might be just days away. We intend our program alumni to become effective interpreters for all of the other organizational cultures that they will encounter during the next crisis..

Participants in the programs include the US government and military, international governmental organizations, the private sector, and humanitarian non-governmental organizations. CSER’s stability and economic reconstruction programs can be customized in content and length, including geographical and functional focus, depending upon the objectives of the stakeholders.


CSER Objectives

  • To bring together all stability operations actors who work in post-conflict or post-disaster scenarios,
    including, but not limited to:
    • U.S. and international government agencies,
    • the private sector,
    • non-governmental organizations, and
    • the military.
  • To conduct programs in a neutral academic environment where a broad array of stability operations actors, to include the for-profit private sector, have the rare opportunity to listen to, inform, debate, and ultimately learn from each other.

  • To break down barriers and build trust in order to develop innovative and collaborative ways to realize their individual and collective goals.


CSER White Paper

Transforming America's Collaborative Response Capability:  The Executive Education Dimension


CSER-CSO Case Study

The Humanitarian Response to Conflict in Northern Iraq Summer 2014


Amb. Litt's Blog:  BackLitt

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