UN Peacekeeping Workshop

UN Peacekeeping Workshop in Tajikistan (Courtesy Photo)

Dushanbe, Tajikistan, February 12, 2015 - The U.S. Embassy Dushanbe’s Office of Military Cooperation and the Central Asia Team of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies successfully concluded the third annual UN Peacekeeping Capability Development Workshop in Dushanbe Feb. 9 to 11.

This year, the workshop brought together peacekeeping experts from the United States, Germany, Mongolia and Kazakhstan to discuss national-level strategic issues related to development, training and deployment of Tajik security forces on a UN peacekeeping mission. Kazakh and Mongolian representatives discussed their experiences in peacekeeping development, legislative considerations and actual mission experiences on UN peacekeeping and Coalition stability operations.

The United States has assisted the Tajikistan Ministry of Defense’s peacekeeping capacity through the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) program since 2007. As part of this program, Tajikistan constituted a peacekeeping battalion in Dushanbe in 2010. With U.S. assistance, battalion units have deployed to multiple peacekeeping training exercises in Mongolia, Nepal, Kazakhstan, Germany and the United States since 2012.

The ongoing U.S.-Tajikistan GPOI partnership is currently valued at $6.6 million for training, exercises, equipment, barracks refurbishment and improvement of peacekeeping training facilities.

The mission of the Marshall Center, as a vital instrument of German-American cooperation, is to create a more stable security environment by advancing democratic institutions and relationships; promoting active, peaceful, whole-of-government approaches to address transnational and regional security challenges; and creating and enhancing enduring partnerships worldwide.