Analysis Paper: The Importance of Civil-Military Cooperation in Stability Operations

This analysis paper examines the issues and challenges of civil-military integration and cooperation within stability operations. Recent US deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan have demonstrated ineffective civil-military relations in the various important elements of stability operations that require cooperation such as improving security through the deployment of military and police forces, ensuring effective humanitarian relief, and finally improving capacity-building in the host country through development and governance. Iraq has particularly been highlighted as an example of dysfunction and miscommunication on roles and responsibilities of military and civilian actors. By examining the various issues and challenges of civ-mil relations in stability operations, this paper hopes to provide suggestions on better civ-mil integration in the field to ensure a smoother future stability operation or peacekeeping mission conducted by the United States, regional organizations like NATO and the African Union, or the United Nations.

Check out the paper here: The Importance of Civil-Military Cooperation in Stability Operations

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