CMR - A MUCH NEEDED CONCEPT

At SWEDINT another Civil-Military Relations Course just ended. The CMR course aims to give participants knowledge and understanding of the need for civilian, military and police officers to develop terms for cooperation and coordination in Peace Support Operations led by the UN, the EU or NATO.

Photo: Jan Gustafsson/SWEDINT
Photo: Jan Gustafsson/SWEDINT
Photo: Jan Gustafsson/SWEDINT
Photo: Jan Gustafsson/SWEDINT

"The CMR was, as always, focused inside the UN Integrated Mission", says Course Director, Mr Anthony Taylor. "It brought together 15 participants; civil, military and police from 9 nations - Colombia, DRC, Kuwait, Mexico, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Singapore and Zambia, and supporting the course were more than 30 subject matter experts, including the excellent logistical support from SWEDINT."

The course targets civilian, military and police personnel either already deployed or deploying to a peace support operation, and it relies heavily on interaction between the participants from the different dimensions during classroom exercises.

Anthony Taylor: "The course began with a seminar that had six high-level key note speakers present to more than 60 invited guests from 26 nations; the audience included the CMR participants and ambassadors, diplomats, professionals from the civil, military and police, and academia. The collective response from the seminar guests and the course participants has proven that the CMR concept is much needed, and this course exceeded all expectations."