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CIMIC branch focuses on military-civilian cooperation.

NATO’s comprehensive approach

October 2010, Number 01.04

“Over the last decade international conflict management has undergone significant changes. Increased complexity demands a new approach to face these challenges and streamline the efforts of various stakeholders, both civilian and military. An integrated approach has been adopted in the policy and planning doctrines of various organizations and nations. But when it comes to implementation, it seems fine tuning is needed to make it work more effectively and efficiently. The term used by NATO for this kind of approach is Comprehensive Approach, or CA. This article will deal with the Alliance’s contribution to CA, giving special attention to the use of the Civil-Military Co-operation doctrine, or CIMIC for short.

The end of Clausewitz? Violent conflicts in states such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Sudan have captured global attention. The international community often spends huge amounts of money to deploy troops and facilitate diplomatic efforts to broker a peace. In the last 20 years there has been a steep increase in the number of peace operations involving new players such as NATO, the EU, and the African Union. Despite the profound attention these conflicts or emergencies receive, most conflicts resume within five years of a peace agreement...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “NATO’s comprehensive approach,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 4, 2010: 62-63.

Stijn Pz. van Weezel works as an intern at the Civil-Military Co-operation Centre of Excellence (CCOE).

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.