Video On Demand

The Case for Conflict & Stabilization Operations Today

July 12, 2012 • 1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT

A report launch for

Inevitable Conflicts, Avoidable Failures: 
Preparing for the Third Generation of Conflict, Stabilization, and Reconstruction Operations

by Johanna Mendelson Forman with Robert D. Lamb and Liora Danan

Opening Remarks:

John Hamre
President and CEO, CSIS

John Brian Atwood
Chair, Development Assistance Committee, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (by video)

A Panel Discussion With:

Gen. David Barno
Ret., Lieutenant General, U.S. Army

William Zartman
Professor Emeritus, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Robert D. Lamb

Director, Program on Crisis, Conflict, and Cooperation, CSIS

Johanna Mendelson Forman
Senior Associate, Americas Program, CSIS
U.S. involvement in stabilization efforts is a permanent feature of the foreign policy landscape. Every year, U.S. military and civilian personnel are sent to provide assistance in foreign conflicts without the institutional capacities they would need for success. That suggests that the U.S. government either needs to decrease the number or scale of its interventions, improve its competence at conflict prevention, or increase its capacity for stabilization and reconstruction work. This report, published on the tenth anniversary of the CSIS/Association of the U.S. Army Post-Conflict Reconstruction Commission, reviews the first two generations of stabilization and reconstruction operations (post-Cold War and post-9/11) to assess how far the United States has come in its capabilities and how far it still has to go.

Please RSVP by July 9 to

Robert D. Lamb

Robert D. Lamb

Senior Associate (Non-resident), International Security Program