Featured Speakers: Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe; Ambassador John Herbst; John D. Sullivan, CIPE;
In his opening remarks, Rep. Alcee Hastings stated that the “social fabric of a country has to heal” before reconstruction efforts can be fully effective. He added that future peace in post-conflict countries also depends on an active civil society. Panelists emphasized the need to engage national actors and implement local capacity building to facilitate post-conflict development. The work of diplomats, military personnel and development actors is essential, but even more important is the effective transition of countries from international assistance to local capacity.
When it comes to addressing national security issues, post-conflict reconstruction is beginning to take center stage. Ambassador John Herbst described the work of the Office of Reconstruction and Stabilization (s/CRS) in responding to the challenge of post-conflict recovery, a focus area which has thus far been underemphasized within the State Department. The main goal of this office is to build civilian capacity that can effectively operate alongside the
Sponsor: The Center for International Private Enterprise
Date: June 12, 2007
Approximate Number of Attendees: 30
Intern Attending: Alexandra Martins