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By Maj Andrew Dixon
WORLD representatives gathered in Sydney from
November 7-10 for the Civil Military Interaction
The seminar was sponsored by the Asia Pacific Civil
Military Centre of Excellence and Executive, which
Director Michael Smith described as a global leader in
promoting best practice in civil-military police engage-
ment in conflict and disaster management.
"The centre's mission is to support the develop-
ment of national civil-military capabilities to prevent,
prepare for and respond more effectively to conflicts
and disasters overseas," he said.
The objective of the seminar was to engage leading
international policy-makers, practitioners and thinkers
to identify key capabilities to promote future civil-mil-
itary effectiveness and advance practical, innovative
solutions to improve civil-military practice.
Discussions touched on the importance of Army's
interaction with civilian organisations when conducting
operations. The Learning for Adaptive Campaigning
publication identifies that through population support
Army can relieve immediate suffering, provide essen-
tial services and return the community to normalcy
while building confidence in the government.
A senior fellow at Brookings Institution in
Washington, Elizabeth Ferris, who has spent 20 years
working in international humanitarian responses, said
the role of the military in this environment was ever
"The military is being used more and more in the
population support arena and this will only grow in
years to come," Dr Ferris said.
During the seminar a DVD titled Mandate to
Protect was shown featuring contributions from United
Nations personnel, military, police and civilian peace-
keepers, as well as representatives from international
non-government organisations around the world.
It is compelling viewing for soldiers as the
Australian Army becomes more involved in the pro-
tection of civilians both in conflicts and disasters. The
video, which runs for about 45 minutes, can be viewed
The Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of
Excellence and the Australian Council for internation-
al Development, in collaboration with the ADF, AFP,
the Australian Agency for International Development
(AusAID), Australian non-government organisa-
tions (NGOs) and the Australian Red Cross have also
developed a document titled Same Space -- Different
The centre is hoping the document will influence
policy and become an educational tool.
Contact Michele Lipner at email@example.com for a
copy of the document.
Civilian interaction: Military engagement and involvement in civilian liaison, such as this shura at Multinational Base Tarin Kot,
was on the agenda at the Civil Military Interaction Seminar.
Photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
Time out: Children of Sarab chat with Pte Geoffrey
Shaw, MRTF2, during a patrol. Photo by Cpl Rachel Ingram
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