Through this partnership CHRHS and HRP are committed to conducting cutting-edge research to generate stronger empirical evidence that can better guide military doctrine and humanitarian guidelines on civilian-military coordination in a wide range of disaster and conflict-driven settings, as well as develop and encourage more effective strategies to overcome coordination challenges. Research Projects >
The Program in Civil-Military Humanitarian Coordination was created in 2020 with generous support from the Robert Dudley Harrington Jr. Charitable Foundation. The program leverages the existing Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies partnership with the U.S. Naval War College’s Humanitarian Response Program (HRP) to break new ground within the humanitarian space, expanding upon the current evidence base for effective coordination during humanitarian emergencies, developing new avenues for information sharing between humanitarian, military and academic communities, and creating vibrant educational offerings for the multitude of actors who respond to crises.
Since 2016, CHRHS and HRP have developed a robust partnership centered on improving the effectiveness of humanitarian operations when civilian and military actors are responding together or operating in the same geographic area. To accomplish this, the partnership focuses on expanding the evidence base for effective civilian-military coordination in humanitarian response while developing new information-sharing avenues between humanitarian, military and academic communities.
This ongoing partnership has resulted in annual workshops, each attended by nearly 100 military and humanitarian leaders, designed to enhance the collective humanitarian response capacity of civilian and military actors by supporting a community of practice, identifying key opportunities for professional education and training and developing a comprehensive research agenda focused on global humanitarian civil-military coordination. This partnership has established strong working relationships with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and other U.N. agencies, leading international humanitarian organizations, and U.S. and international militaries.