Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization [Department of State] Law and Legal Definition

The State Department's Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization that builds and maintains an expeditionary, innovative, and interagency civilian capability to plan, manage, and conduct U.S. stabilization operations on behalf of the Secretary of State and Chiefs of Mission overseas.

The mission of the Office 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.

The Office include:

a. the Office of Civilian Response Operations that is responsible for the strategy development, training, equipping, deployment, and coordination of the Civilian Response Corps, the core of the U.S. Government’s civilian response capability for international reconstruction and stabilization efforts;

b. the Office of Conflict Prevention that coordinates interagency processes to identify states at risk of instability, leads interagency planning to prevent or mitigate conflict, develops detailed contingency plans for integrated U.S. Government reconstruction and stabilization efforts, and coordinates preventative strategies with foreign countries, international and regional organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and private sector entities;

c. the Office of Knowledge Management & Information Technology that provides domestic and international support for the full spectrum of collaboration, communication and information technology applications, tools and processes;

d. the Office of Planning that leads the planning for and conduct of highly complex and multi-faceted U.S. Government reconstruction and stabilization operations in specific countries at risk of, in, or emerging from conflict;

e. the Office of Resource Management that is responsible for budget policy and planning, financial coordination, the office personnel, operating funds and management coordination; and

f. the Office of Strategic Communications that is responsible for public affairs and public diplomacy, diplomatic engagement, and outreach to the academic and NGO communities.