In September 2015, Beth Cole re-joined the US Institute of Peace (USIP) as special advisor on Countering Violent Extremism, Conflict and Fragility. She has served in leadership positions in and out of government for more than 35 years working on conflict and security issues. 

Prior to returning to USIP, she was appointed by President Barrack Obama as the director of the Office of Civil-Military Cooperation at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) where she was responsible for managing the relationship between USAID and the Department of Defense. She has led pioneering initiatives including the USIP-hosted Working Group on Civil-Military Relations in Non-Permissive Environments where she helped negotiate the landmark, “Guidelines for Relations between US Armed Forces and NGHOs in Hostile or Potentially Hostile Environments.

Most recently, Beth Cole served as senior advisor to RESOLVE, a new global network addressing violent extremism through the generation and dissemination of local data and research. She has authored and co-authored numerous books and publications and speaks widely on issues related to conflict. She is currently an adjunct professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University.