Caerus is a strategy and design firm.

  We help clients understand and thrive in complex, conflict-afflicted, and disaster-affected environments.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Iraq and Syria
Mapping Conflict Dynamics Through Hyperlocal Research
Exploring Ways to Improve Security in Rapidly-Expanding, Littoral Cities
Keeping Businesses and Governments Informed with Media Monitoring in the Middle East and North Africa
Examining Civilian Leadership in Syria
Creating Safer Cities through Community Mapping with CaerusGEO
Founder David Kilcullen's new book projects a future of feral cities, stressed urban systems, and increasing overlaps between crime and war.
Ensuring Productive Investments by Monitoring Stabilization Projects in Afghanistan, Photo courtesy of ACSOR


What We Talk About When We Talk About Iraq and Syria

Caerus FAQ on the dramatic events of Summer 2014 in Iraq and Syria, with a focus on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). While Syria watchers have been focused on ISIL for some time, most did not anticipate such rapid or successful actions from the group in Iraq.


Mapping Conflict in Aleppo

At Caerus, we believe the best way to understand complex environments is to ask the people who live in them. From October 2013 to January 2014, our local researchers interviewed Aleppans about security, humanitarian conditions, and governance in Syria’s largest city. The result is a hyperlocal report of how both regime and opposition forces wield power in the city and how that affects the daily lives of citizens.

Policy & Planning

Syria Supplemental in PRISM

Caerus Associates partnered with the Center for Complex Operations at the National Defense University to co-edit a PRISM journal supplemental dedicated to Syria. The March 2014 supplemental includes essays by regional scholars, former diplomats, and conflict experts, including “The Rise of Syria’s Urban Poor” by Dave Kilcullen and Nate Rosenblatt. Read the electronic version on our Ideas page.


Building Safer Cities

At Caerus, we are exploring new ways of imagining the city—how it metabolizes and functions, and the ways stakeholders can work together to improve and sustain its health and vibrancy. We seek to make cities, and the communities within, more resilient. For examples, Caerus used its open-source mapping and data collection tool, CaerusGEO (now First Mile Geo), to test how urban design can lessen crime and violence.