Transitions in post-conflict environments from the means of violence to representative compromise are extraordinarily complex and fraught with risk. They require significant vision, planning, and detailed interaction among a wide variety of internal and external actors; however, providing this vision and developing comprehensive approach are easier to articulate than enact. Differing cultures and a dearth of planning capacity within many stakeholder institutions and the host nation frequently prevent suitable and adaptive approaches.
In early 2011, senior leaders from across the U.S. interagency community participated in a discussion on how to overcome the “messy” transitions in which they so often struggled, co-hosted by the United States Institute of Peace, the Simons Center for the Study of Interagency Cooperation, and the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center. These discussions addressed every perspective and potential risk, as well as the great rewards that could be achieved through effective transitions. This handbook is the result of those exchanges and is intended to provide leaders across the interagency community with an overview of transition conditions and considerations to better prepare them for anticipating, planning, executing, and assessing transitions.
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