The Conflict, Stabilization, and Development (CSD) unit aims to bring a deeper understanding of global conflict and development issues at the intersection of U.S. foreign policy in Muslim-majority countries. The unit advances nuanced analysis from researchers and practitioners on conflict management, conflict resolution, peace building, state-building, stabilization and reconstruction approaches; and the roles of local, regional and global actors, including the United Nations, development agencies, donors, and NGOs in development efforts.
By engaging the full spectrum of stakeholders – from the early stages of conflict to the peak of development – we have become a platform for critically reflecting on the diverse issues challenging policy makers. CSD thoughtfully contributes to these complex fields by coordinating strategic policy forums and critical debates for thought leaders, policy analysts, government officials, civil society organizations, strategists, media outlets, and other experts. CSD aims to ensure that these partnerships develop into cohesive areas of collaboration. An example is the upcoming CSD Countering Violent Extremism Forum with policymakers, practitioners, industry leaders, and analysts. CSD sponsors strategic debates and dialogues, uses cutting-edge frameworks for research, formulates and utilizes proven methodologies and best practices to support a serious analysis of complex policy-making processes related to the life cycles of conflict, stabilization, and development.