Symposium to focus on U.S. assistance in conflict and fragile states


June 22, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The first major symposium focusing on a new framework to better coordinate U.S. efforts in conflict areas and fragile states will take place on June 26 and 27.

Organized by Creative Learning, IPSI and The George Washington University, the Stabilization Symposium in Washington, D.C., will discuss the recently released Stabilization Assistance Review, a new framework that will be used for U.S. diplomatic, development and defense operations in conflict, post-conflict and fragile states.

Co-sponsored by Creative Associates International, the two-day symposium is a collaboration among government agencies, development implementers, researchers and other organizations—including the U.S. Department of State, Department of Defense, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Brookings Institution and the U.S. Institute of Peace.

As implementers, we’ve learned that stabilization is more than coordination among stakeholders. It is about integration,” says Leland Kruvant, President and CEO of Creative. “The new Stabilization Assistance Review is a positive step in achieving integration.”  

Organizer Cameron M. Chisholm of the International Peace & Security Institute, which is a division of Creative Learning, explained that the symposium will explore the practical implementation of this new framework.

“The Stabilization Symposium will delve into how the new plan effects on-the-ground efforts to provide humanitarian assistance, rebuild infrastructure, restart economies and transition communities from conflict to peace,” Chisholm says.

From the frontlines & Washington, D.C.

A combination of plenary and breakout sessions are designed to guide attendees through the new Stabilization Assistance Review. A preliminary agenda is available online.

Four separate panel sessions called “Perspectives from the Frontlines” will focus on perspectives from Syria and Iraq, Ukraine, the Philippines and the Lake Chad Basin. Moderated by experts, each Frontline will explore the realities of development, defense and diplomatic efforts in these geographic areas.

Other sessions include discussions on the private sector’s role in stabilization, civil-military affairs, justice and prevention. A unique breakout session will discuss the Neuroscience of Stabilization.

The Stabilization Symposium will feature speakers and discussion leaders from the government, implementing organizations and researchers.

Earl Gast, Creative’s Executive Vice President of Programs and the former USAID Assistant Administrator for Africa, and Kim Field, Creative’s Director of Countering Violent Extremism and retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, are among the speakers.


Registration for the Stabilization Symposium is $185 per person. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please visit:

The symposium is hosted by more than a dozen organizations and will be held at The George Washington Univeristy.

Stabilization Assistance Review

The Stabilization Assistance Review is part of the administration’s national security planning. More than just a manifestation of U.S. generosity, the endeavor was designed to develop an apparatus and working relationships in global hotspots.

Administration officials have emphasized that it draws on experiences from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Information for the report came from interviews, focus groups, desk research and other sources.

The Partner Consortium

The Partner Consortium is comprised of the following: The U.S. Agency for International Development; the State Department; the Defense Department; Alliance for Peacebuilding; Brookings Institution; Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Empirical Study of Conflict Project; Mercy Corps; RAND; the U.S. Institute for Peace; and the Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI)

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