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U.S. Marine and German Coalition soldier walk in a wadi near Kunduz, Afghanistan.

Diplomats and soldiers find common ground in missions abroad.

The Benefits of Civilian-Military Cooperation

April 2015, Number 06.02

“The atmosphere in the room is rather tense. The commander of RC North and the SCR do not like to be kept waiting. They are sitting in the commander’s field office in Mazar-e Sharif, reviewing their meeting with two Afghan dignitaries the day before. The objective had been to welcome the provincial governor installed by the government in Kabul. And since in Afghanistan nothing substantial happens without the local military commander present, the general of the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the region had also been invited. So the Germans and their highest ranking representatives had gone to the provincial capital: the commander of RC North representing the Bundeswehr and the SCR representing the executive’s civilian side.

Both are well aware of how delicate the situation is. The governor from Kabul is a Pashtun with close ties to then-President Hamid Karzai, and the region he is supposed to govern is populated mainly by ethnic Turkmen and Uzbeks…”

Excerpt from Sebastian von Münchow, “The Benefits of Civilian-Military Cooperation,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 6, No. 2, 2015: 48-51.

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