Chapter IV. Work with Others to Defuse Regional Conflicts
Section C. The Way Ahead
Regional conflicts can arise from a wide variety of causes, including poor governance,
external aggression, competing claims, internal revolt, tribal rivalries, and ethnic or
religious hatreds. If left unaddressed, however, these different causes lead to the same
ends: failed states, humanitarian disasters, and ungoverned areas that can become safe
havens for terrorists.
The Administration's strategy for addressing regional conflicts includes three levels of
engagement: conflict prevention and resolution; conflict intervention; and post-conflict
stabilization and reconstruction.
Effective international cooperation on these efforts is dependent on capable partners. To
this end, Congress has enacted new authorities that will permit the United States to train
and equip our foreign partners in a more timely and effective manner. Working with
Congress, we will continue to pursue foreign assistance reforms that allow the President
to draw on the skills of agencies across the United States Government.