Past event

Invitation Only

Confronting Conflict: The Changing Face of Stabilization and Conflict Prevention Operations

Chatham House, London

International Security Department


Ambassador Rick Barton, Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations and Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, United States


Ambassador Rick Barton will outline the US Department of State's holistic approach to conflict through the work of the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO). He will discuss the Bureau's planning processes, its support of locally driven initiatives and preparedness of rapid analysis at times of conflict. He will also address the topic of international political will and the resources required to manage risks and to support non-state actors, democratic reforms, and subnational conflicts, with an emphasis on the importance of local solutions rather than central structural reforms.

The event will provide views on the near-term picture of conflict and crisis around the world, including an assessment of the new face of conflict prevention, stabilization and post-conflict peace building for the post-Afghanistan period. 

The event will be held under the Chatham House Rule

Attendance is by invitation only.