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1 Strange Bedfellows Revisited: NGOs and the Military in Stability Operations Prof. Dr. D.J. Winslow

2 Context A problem that confronts the military is the wide range of competence NGOs demonstrate.

3 Different and Separate NGOs have felt uneasy with military forces. Military leaders often regard NGOs as undisciplined and their operations as uncoordinated and disjointed.

4 Different but no longer separate Humanitarian agencies and non- governmental organizations are now in every area of conflict.

5 Outline 1.the individual, 2.organizational structure and culture, 3.tasks and ways of accomplishing them, 4.definitions of success and time frames, 5.abilities to exert influence and control information, 6.control of resources.

6 The Individual  Age  Gender  Nationality  Education

7 Individual motivation “I have been on many tours, I do it for the money. I don’t believe in peace, in helping people who don’t want to help themselves.” - Soldier in Bosnia

8 Organizational structure and culture a.organizational goals b.organizational structure c.approaches to violence d.approach to nationalism e.decision making styles

9 Organizational structure and culture An anti military and anti weapons bias persists in relief organizations because militarization and violence are still the primary causes of much of the suffering that these agencies are attempting to relieve.

10 Organizational structure and culture  Humanitarian space  = NEUTRALITY  = HUMANITTY  = IMPARTIALITY

11 Organizational structure and culture The military are hierarchical, authoritarian, centralized, large and robust, while UNHCR is flat, consensus-based with highly decentralized field offices.

12 Tasks and ways of accomplishing them The military cannot take the place of humanitarian organizations, which have their own objectives and methods and their own know-how.

13 Tasks and ways of accomplishing them  a PRT in Afghanistan constitutes a forum in which diverging civilian expert, military and national interests may collide, producing a potential for a ‘clash of mindsets’

14 Tasks and ways of accomplishing them  Another term widely used by the military component was ‘coordination’, a rationalization of meticulous control of the PRT’s work. This led to vigorous reporting, the introduction of an energetic meeting schedule inside the camp, and the production of dozens of standard operating procedures, which provided robust guidelines for all aspects of acceptable behaviour in the camp, from proper clothing to medical evacuations.

15 Tasks and ways of accomplishing them “I was never given classes on how to sit down with a sheik that I had only seen on CNN two days earlier. And now all of a sudden he claims I am a new sheik in town.” -Captain in OIF

16 Tasks and ways of accomplishing them Because of security issues, military personnel find themselves in armed camps, behind fortified walls and barbed wire

17 Definitions of success and time frames “A mission may be considered a success if my troops sustain no casualties and I am able to bring them all home safely – even if the actual mandate was not completely fulfilled.” - Officer

18 Definitions of success and time frames Officers just have time to acclimatize themselves to local values, culture and politics and then they are gone. By contrast, it is not unusual for civilians with UNPROFOR to be in their post for three years.

19 Abilities to exert influence and control information Relief agencies have relationships with parties on the ground and with other national governments, and compete with each other for influence and financing.

20 Abilities to exert influence and control information “Both of us come from very strong cultures and both of us think we’re right and know how to do things best. Who’s going to take the first step?” - Relief worker

21 Abilities to exert influence and control information “You go where governments or U.N. agencies want you to go to get your share of contracts that otherwise would go to other agencies” - Relief worker

22 Control of resources “They have all that equipment here, money, people. Why not build roads, improve streets, build infrastructure? As it is, they’re spending all this money to be locked up behind walls” - Relief worker

23 Control of resources We had arranged to halt humanitarian aid to the town until the mayor accepted the return of ethnic minorities. Our efforts were undermined when an NGO announced a major donation to the town. With this NGO’s money they mayor was able to ignore pressure to accept minority returns.

24  It should not be a concern for humanitarian actors if a beneficiary community is supportive of the Taliban. The aid must be needs-based and regardless of gender, linguistic, religious, and political or any other consideration Control of resources

25 Conclusions  TRANSITION

26 The Role of CMOC in Humanitarian Assistance Introduce the concept of a Civil Military Operations Center (CMOC) for foreign humanitarian assistance. Foreign humanitarian assistance operations are conducted to relieve or reduce the results of natural or man-made disasters or other endemic conditions such as human suffering, disease, or privation that might present a serious threat to life or that can result in great damage to or loss of property. JP

27 According to the UN:  A complex emergency, is “a humanitarian crisis in a country, region, or society where there is a total or considerable breakdown of authority resulting from internal or external conflict and which requires an international response that goes beyond the mandate or capacity of any single agency and/or the ongoing UN country programme.”

28 CMOC  The purpose of a CMOC is to coordinate and facilitate the United States’ and any multinational force’s humanitarian operations with those of international and local relief agencies and with the affected country authorities.  Military forces are often the supporting organization rather than the lead agency

29 UN Inter-Agency Guidelines  A humanitarian operation using military assets must retain its civilian nature and character  The operation must remain under the overall authority of a humanitarian organization  The military asset should operate unarmed an be civilian in appearance  Large-scale involvement of military personnel in the direct delivery of humanitarian assistance should be avoided

30 CMOC activities include: oLiaison with host nation Government officials o Coordinate with allied forces o Coordinate with NGO(s) o Facilitate local contracts o Resolve issues involving local population, contractors, and government

31 Coordination is everything  Strengths  Challenges – what is obvious to an American is not necessarily obvious or important to another. - sheer number of agencies that need to be coordinated. “It’s like herding turkeys”  Western models assume western-style rational choice. Choices are shaped by culture and environment

32  All units involved in Civil Military Ops fall under U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM); they are responsible for the military’s unconventional operations that include, among others, civil affairs and psychological operations  CMOCs are usually staffed by personnel from Civil Affairs (CA) units in the Army or the Civil Affairs Group (CAG) in the Marine Corps Who staffs CMOCs?

33 Between ‘Military Official’ and Civilian ‘Crisis Management Expert’  The constitution of such mental structures is usually developed by specific professional institutions and training prior to field missions  due to their long(er)-term commitment to crisis management civilians may have a different approach

34 Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART)  OFDA team that validates request for military support  Also advises and educates relief organizations about the military Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team (HAST)  COCOM’s assessment of existing conditions after a disaster and the need for military forces.  Usually focus on the requirements for military support to the relief effort and the ability of the affected country to handle the deployment of follow-on forces (e.g., airport or seaport capabilities) DART and HAST

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