A New Generation of Civil-Military-Police Coordination for Human Security

A New Generation of Civil-Military-Police Coordination for Human Security

Military and police forces share complex environments with a diverse range of local actors, including civil society organisations and civilian populations. Peacebuilding organisations and security sector actors are increasingly reaching out to each other in areas such as security sector reform and development, national security dialogues, and coordination in crises situations. To date, few guidelines exist on the complexities, benefits and risks of such interaction.

The Alliance for Peacebuilding, GPPAC and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies have addressed this gap by conducting a global mapping, consultation and curriculum development process. This 3-year process has led to an extensive set of documented case studies, a training handbook, and a policy brief looking to better prepare civilians, military and police for coordinating with each other for human security. The training curriculum and additional resources were launched and shared during a 2,5-day conference hosted by CIMIC Centre of Excellence (CCOE) entitled ‘Preparing a New Generation of Civil-Military-Police Coordination for Human Security' with the aim of exploring opportunities for the dissemination of the curriculum in diverse settings.

After welcoming words by CCOE Deputy Director Lt Col Andreas Eckel and the organisers, a peacebuilding practitioner and security sector representative shared an inspiring example of civil-military coordination to build peace in communities in the Philippines. Other topics during the conference included ‘A Comprehensive Approach to Prevention', ‘Alternatives to Justice and Policing' and ‘State-Society Relations and Accountability'. While acknowledging the need for civil-military engagement to ensure human security, participants noted the importance of feeding the project outcomes into security sector policy. A presentation on policy-relevant insights that have resulted from the project further highlighted the need to protect the operational requirements of civil society organisations in conflict-affected contexts.

Although the global conference marked the end of the development phase of this project, the organisers described it as merely the beginning. In the years to come, a number of stakeholders involved in the project have committed to use the curriculum in their respective countries, regions and institutions. Going forward, the project partners are keen to ensure that the rich network that convened around this initiative will continue to be engaged as guardians of the handbook and as a community of interest around the topics dealt with in the curriculum.

The handbook and case studies are available on the project website ‘Civil Society and Security Sector Engagement for Human Security', where the conference documents and report will also be posted in due time.