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The Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) advances U.S. national security by breaking cycles of violent conflict and mitigating crises in priority countries. We engage in conflict prevention, crisis response and stabilization, aiming to address the underlying causes of destabilizing violence. More»


CSO's Two-Year Report discusses the bureau's work so far and its approach for the coming year. The support CSO has received from more than 20 U.S. ambassadors and their embassies is the best evidence that crisis response and conflict reduction are centerpieces of U.S. diplomacy. Increasingly, colleagues are turning to CSO for assistance. To build an enduring contribution to U.S. foreign policy, CSO understands that constant learning, close partnerships, and innovation are essential. Full Text»


Date: 09/29/2014 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry thanks Ambassador Rick Barton for his service as Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations at a farewell reception in his honor at the Department of State on September 29, 2014. - State Dept Image
Secretary of State John Kerry thanks Ambassador Rick Barton for his service as Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations at a farewell reception in his honor at the Department of State on September 29, 2014.