Civil-Military Cooperation for Peace and Conflict Resolution (2011-2012)

Project leader

Lina Strupinskienė

Project duration

April 2011 – April 2012

Grant giver

US State Department








Project description

Complex post-conflict operations require joint efforts of a variety of actors: the military, international governmental organizations, NGOs, various foreign and local government agencies, business, etc. These different entities have different responsibilities and comparative advantages in post-conflict stabilization, rehabilitation, reconstruction and development operations. However, their actions ought to be well coordinated to contribute to effective conflict resolution. Yet, in most cases problems in these relationships are prevalent. Different modes of organization (horizontal methods of coordination in the non-governmental sector versus hierarchic coordination of the military) often impede efficient interaction between the two sectors. Mutual inflexibility results in some cases in overall elimination of the non-governmental sector from the post-conflict stabilization efforts. Different agendas of the civil and military sectors (Development versus stability; long-term development versus short-term containment) and lack of their coordination might have a similar negative effect, etc.

These and similar challenges are rooted in poor transatlantic exchange of best practices among different actors and countries. Afghanistan could be a good and up to date example. There are twenty-seven PRTs in Afghanistan, each commanded by one of the ISAF member-states in Afghanistan. Each of the countries has a slightly different pattern of conducting civil-military cooperation and the exchange of information on most common challenges of civil-military cooperation and best practices remains very limited. Whereas countries with previous experience can at least use their own institutional experience, newcomers cannot do so.

 Therefore, the overall objective of this project is to create a dialogue between Central and Eastern European nations and the US to learn best practices of dealing with challenges and thus to promote a more effective civil-military cooperation for peace.

The results of the project are covered in the publication "Civil–Military Cooperation in Conflict and Post-Conflict Operations: Learning from the Lithuanian, Slovenian and Estonian Experiences".

IIRPS academic staff involved

PhD student Lina Strupinskienė

Participant institutions

IIRPS, Department of Defence Studies (University of Ljubljana)