Caerus is a strategy and design firm.

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

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
Understanding Violence in San Pedro Sula by Mapping Urban Flows, Photo Courtesy of La Prensa
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


Mapping Conflict in Aleppo

At Caerus, we believe the best way to understand complex environments is to ask the people who live in them. Over the past four months, our local researchers have 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 forthcoming supplemental includes essays by regional scholars, former diplomats, and conflict experts. Read the first article, by Dave Kilcullen and Nate Rosenblatt, on our Ideas page and stay tuned for the rest of the volume.


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. Caerus is using its new open-source mapping and data collection tool, CaerusGEO, to test how urban design can lessen crime and violence.


San Pedro Sula Exposes Our Achilles’ Heel

After a trip to San Pedro Sula, Caerus Principal Stacia George analyzes the complex reasons for the city’s high levels of violence. Looking beyond assumptions that the violence is linked to narcotrafficking allows George to consider additional factors contributing to the violence, such as the destabilizing effect of an influx of deported gang members from the United States.