Launch of Civil-Military Coordination Report

Date/Time: 08/05/2014  13:00 - 15:00

Location: NUPI

Unfortunately, this seminar is temporarily cancelled. New date and time for the event will be updated.


The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) in cooperation with the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS) have the pleasure of inviting you to the launch of the Civil Military coordination report.

It is clear that effective civil–military coordination can help save lives and alleviate suffering in emergencies. However, when faced with expanding international interventions into fragile and conflict-affected areas and increasing numbers and severity of disasters, how should aid workers and military personnel best coordinate and cooperate to effectively deliver aid to people in need? Is it possible to reconcile differing motivations, objectives and even language to develop a complimentary and constructive relationship between military and humanitarian agencies?

Eva Svoboda, Research Fellow in the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute will address these challenges and ways forward for civil–military interaction. Her presentation will highlight the results of a multi-year research project on civil–military coordination in humanitarian crises, based on four case studies (Afghanistan, South Sudan, East Timor and Pakistan), round-table discussions on the protection of civilians and the role of the police as well as conferences in Bangkok and Port-au-Prince.


  • Eva Svoboda, Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute
  • Øystein Lyngroth, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • John Karlsrud, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
  • Nils Petter Mork, Medicins Sans Frontier, Norway

Chair: Ole Jacob Sending, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

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