Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization
"We must also improve the responsiveness of our government to help nations emerging from tyranny and war...and that means our government must be able to move quickly to provide needed assistance." [full text]
-- President Bush
Failing and post-conflict states pose one of the greatest national and international security challenges of our day, threatening vulnerable populations, their neighbors, our allies, and ourselves. On August 5, 2004, Secretary Powell announced the creation of the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (S/CRS) to enhance our nation's institutional capacity to respond to crises involving failing, failed, and post-conflict states and complex emergencies. Currently, John Herbst is Coordinator.
The Core Mission of S/CRS is to lead, coordinate and institutionalize U.S. Government civilian capacity to prevent or prepare for post-conflict situations, and to help stabilize and reconstruct societies in transition from conflict or civil strife, so they can reach a sustainable path toward peace, democracy and a market economy. For more information, please refer to the page About S/CRS.
Please visit www.crs.state.gov, which is tailored for U.S. Government and non-governmental audiences that focus on reconstruction and stabilization issues.
S/CRS is coordinating the launch of the Civilian Response Corps, a partnership of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Departments of State, Agriculture, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Justice, and Treasury.
Learn more about the Civilian Response Corps.