State Department Announces Reorganization Changes

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Department of State recently established two new reorganization initiatives, the Bureau of Counterterrorism and the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights.

The Bureau of Counterterrorism fulfills a key recommendation of the 2010 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, and is intended to strengthen the State Department’s ability to carry out its counterterrorism mission around the world.  The mission of the Bureau of Counterterrorism is to lead the Department in the U.S. Government’s effort to counter terrorism abroad and to secure the United States against foreign terrorist threats. The bureau will have many responsibilities, and will coordinate with the other U.S. Government agencies to develop and implement counterterrorism strategies, policies, operations, and programs to disrupt and defeat the networks that support terrorism. The bureau, working with other departments and agencies, will lead in supporting U.S. counterterrorism diplomacy and seek to strengthen homeland security, countering violent extremism, and build the capacity of partner nations to deal effectively with terrorism.

The Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights will oversee the new Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.  The Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, which replaced the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, advances U.S. national security by driving integrated, civilian-led efforts to prevent, respond to, and stabilize crises in priority states, setting conditions for long-term peace.

For more information about these initiatives, please follow the links below.
Establishment of the Bureau of Counterterrorism
Establishment of the Office of the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights

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