At an event at Chatham House on 7 June 2010 in conjunction with the UK Government's Stabilisation Unit, a wide range of practitioners involved in the UK Comprehensive Approach came together to debate the essence of the British approach to stabilisation; to share insights on successes and failures in the course of its implementation; and to critically evaluate the sustainability of the current model in light of budgetary restrictions and tenuous popular support for prolonged military deployments.
This report on the discussion is divided into three parts. It starts with a number of observations on the conceptual framework behind the Comprehensive Approach. The second part turns to the question of operationalising the model both within Whitehall and on the ground and in partnership with a wide range of actors. The third part then inquires into the sustainability of the current model and prospects for its future.