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When Civilian Assistance and the Military Cross Paths

  • U.S. Institute of Peace 2301 Constitution Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20037 United States (map)
The former U.S. assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, and a U.S. delegation tour a construction site of an Ebola treatment center in Liberia, Oct. 2014. Photo Courtesy of The New York Times/Daniel Berehulak

The former U.S. assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, and a U.S. delegation tour a construction site of an Ebola treatment center in Liberia, Oct. 2014. Photo Courtesy of The New York Times/Daniel Berehulak

Partnerships between civilian and military communities are not new. But they come with a broad set of challenges. How, for example, do peacebuilding and development professionals sustain the perception of neutrality when they engage with the military? How do NGOs ensure that engagement with government allies doesn’t undermine their efforts to promote peace and equality? What strategies can military planners and their interagency peers employ to better adapt to one another’s culture, systems and professional beliefs? 

This event of the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum (CPRF) expands on the work of USIP’s Civilian-Military Working Group and the USIP Interorganizational Tabletop Exercise (ITX), a tool that brings civilian and military planners together to work on shared challenges. Building on key tenets that emerged from these discussions, panelists will offer lessons from efforts to increase and improve civilian and military engagement in peacebuilding on the ground. Panelists will focus particularly on strengthening alliances, aligning priorities and achieving common goals. 


Event Details

  • Date: September 14, 2017

  • When: 9:30 - 11:00 AM

  • Where: U.S. Institute of Peace

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