Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Workshop

The Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Workshop convenes humanitarian practitioners, academics, and military leaders to explore contemporary challenges in international military support to humanitarian responses, including natural disasters, complex emergencies, and routine security cooperation activities. This humanitarian focused workshop is designed to help the US Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, international maritime forces, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), humanitarian organizations, and academia develop robust research, professional education, training, and development agendas to improve civilian-military coordination during humanitarian responses.

This workshop aimes to improve international military support to humanitarian responses by: 1) enhancing the response capacity of UN OCHA, USAID OFDA, and humanitarian NGOs, 2) strengthening a network of practitioners, academics, and leaders who work on civilian military engagement in the humanitarian space, 3) highlighting key opportunities for professional education, training, and development for key decision makers to identify best practices associated with overcoming challenges for coordination, and 4) developing a comprehensive research agenda focused on civilian-military coordination.

The workshop is organized by the Naval War College's Humanitarian Response Program in collaboration with the Humanitarian Innovation Initiative. The inaugural October 2016 workshop was held at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, with a follow on workshop being held at Brown University in August of 2017.