The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created and funded by Congress to strengthen the nation’s capacity to promote peace. Frontier led a design-based process to help U.S. government national security decision-makers better prioritize, engage, and invest in fragile and conflict affected states. We produced a study group report with recommendations for both Presidential Campaigns and the future Congress and framed and edited twelve separate policy briefs. Frontier conducted over 70 interviews  and conducted three senior level workshops across the U.S. Government, academia, think tanks, and partner organizations to support the study’s findings.

As a follow-on to our Fragility Study Group project, USIP hired Frontier to assess and evaluate inter-agency cooperation and organizational practices between the Departments of State, Defense, and USAID in a wide variety of contexts including crisis response, stabilization, and countering violent extremism missions. We are uncovering insights and lessons from interagency engagement in Burma, Jordan, Afghanistan, and the Lake Chad Basin region through interviews with senior officials, workshops and validation sessions, and the production of cases for short and long-term training for foreign-service officers and defense officials.