CSER: Cooperation in Stability Operations
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The Center for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction is pleased to announce the 2016 program dates for the course on Cooperation in Stability Operations (CSO):

March 13 - 18, 2016 || August 7 - 12, 2016

The CSO course gives crisis responders from different organizational cultures (e.g., military, corporate, and NGO) and functions (e.g., logistics, planning, and strategy) the opportunity to dispel mutual prejudices about their cultures and functions and educate each other about missions, capabilities, and needs.

CSO's goal is to build trust by breaking down barriers to cooperation among crisis responders.  The course's methodology includes:

  • World-class academics and practitioners leading discussions
  • Participants learning from each other in break-out groups and simulations
  • Real-world case studies presented by responders to the crisis
  • Executive-level mentors shaping results
Sample session topics:
  • Fostering Coordination without Unity of Command 
  • Responding to the Haiti Earthquake
  • Role of the Media in Crises
  • Influence Without Authority

Reserve A Seat  

Reserve a seat now or forward to a colleague who could benefit from attending CSO.

As an alumnus/alumna of this program, please also share your experience from the course and how you benefited from it.

For more information on the course, 


Amb. (Ret.) David C. Litt,

CSER Executive Director



What is the next CSO case study?

Through an in-depth look at a prior crisis, participants hear from actual responders on the challenges of cooperation.

Previous CSO case studies include:


"I put many of the lessons I learned to use right away. When I returned to my unit, it was tasked to provide humanitarian assistance to multiple Eastern European countries due to extreme amounts of snow and freezing temperatures. The coordination efforts were much easier, understanding the various government, non-government and international organizations involved in the response effort.

- Program Alumnus

About the Center for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction (CSER)

The Center for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction (CSER) of the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was created to house the IDB's various initiatives in the field of stability operations. CSER builds upon the IDB’s many years of experience in conducting applied research and in designing and delivering unique educational offerings for the U.S. government. The core organizing principle of CSER's programs is to bring together the public and the private sectors in an academic environment to foster collaboration, learning, and innovation.

CSER offers unique educational programs that center on addressing the challenges of implementing stability operations in post-crisis states, including humanitarian relief, security, governance, and economic recovery, to areas affected by manmade or natural disasters, or conflict.

CSER’s stability and economic reconstruction programs can be customized in content and length, including geographical and functional focus, depending upon the objectives of the participants.

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