Civil-military coordination is the dialogue and interface among the military, civilian, and police components of a peace operation regarding political, security, humanitarian, developmental, and other areas to attain larger, more strategic political goals. This course overviews the theory and practice of civil-military coordination within the full spectrum of peace operations. The course is laid out in two informal parts. The first part explains the concepts and principles of civil-military coordination from a wider, full-spectrum UN peace operations context. The second part explores the practical application of these strategic ideas at the operational and tactical levels. The final lesson is a review of civil-military coordination as an exercise in adaptive leadership and communication. UN-CIMIC officers are one among the numerous training audiences for this course. It is also designed for other – UN and non-UN – civilian, police, and military personnel who wish to have a better understanding of civil-military coordination. This course builds on previous versions and is also based on best practices obtained from various UN field missions, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations’ Integrated Training Services, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), and other sources. The 2016 edition incorporates recent UN doctrine, including the 2015 Report of the High-Level Independent Panel on UN Peace Operations (HIPPO Report), the 2008 United Nations Peacekeeping Principles and Guidelines, and UN Security Council Resolution 2086 on “Multidimensional Peacekeeping”. Nine lessons.
COURSE AUTHORS: Christopher Holshek is the Senior Fellow at the Alliance for Peacebuilding and an international peace and security consultant focusing on civil-military relations in policy and practice as well as peace operations related civil-military training and education. A retired US Army Civil Affairs Colonel, he has three decades of civil-military experience at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels in joint, interagency, and multinational settings across the full range of operations.
Cedric de Coning is a research fellow with ACCORD and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). He has designed and conducted civil-military coordination training courses for DPKO, OCHA, UNDP, and ACCORD and is the author of ACCORD’s “Civil-Military Coordination in United Nations and African Peace Operations” handbook (2007). He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Ethics from the Department of Philosophy of the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.
Number of pages: 297 [English]
Publisher: Peace Operations Training Institute [02-03-17]