The office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) promotes the mission and interests of USIP by broadening, building, and strengthening engagement with U.S. military and civilian government agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), key intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), and other partners. IGA’s mission is to support USIP leadership, programs, and staff by planning and executing outreach strategies to engage senior USG, NGO, and IGO leaders and other working level counterparts that help lead to sustainable partnerships that advance USIP’s mission to increase national and international capacity to prevent and manage violent conflict.
As part of its mission, USIP Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA), directed by Marcia Wong, plays an active role in the development and advancement of USIP Civilian-Military Relations activities as a principal means to manage international conflict and respond to humanitarian crises. USIP embodies a “whole of society”/“whole of community” approach throughout all facets of its work, actively engaging and convening a wide range of actors in the U.S. military and the broader U.S. government interagency, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), as well as key intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and foreign partners through training, research and analysis, and on the ground work.
Highlights of USIP’s work in this area include:
Civ-Mil Working Group (CMWG)
The USIP-facilitated Working Group on Civilian-Military Relations in Non-Permissive Environments (CMWG) is a network of experts and practitioners from U.S. government civilian and military agencies, key nongovernmental humanitarian organizations, and international entities involved in humanitarian and crisis response operations. The group has convened since 2005 to advance dialogue on critical issues related to the blurring of roles and responsibilities among the myriad actors operating in conflict zones. The CMWG is managed by a Core Group consisting of representatives from the Departments of Defense and State, USAID, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and InterAction.
The CMWG is the central body responsible for the management and dissemination of products including the Guidelines for Relations between the U.S. Armed Forces and Non-Governmental Humanitarian Organizations in Hostile or Pontentially Hostile Environments.
Integrated Education and Training Working Group (IETWG)
USIP facilitated the establishment of the Integrated Education and Training Working Group (IETWG) in August 2011. This group, which includes representatives from fifteengovernmental and intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and civil society organizations (CSOs) are identifying core competencies, shared education and training, and learning objectives for civilian-military exercises to better prepare practitioners from across the response community as institutions transition from major operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.=
Interagency Professionals in Residence (IPR) Program
The USIP Interagency Professionals in Residence (IPR) initiative actively seeks to build networks and sustainable partnerships for the Institute with counterparts across the interagency community by hosting non-reimbursable, recurring detail assignments for personnel from U.S. government, nongovernmental, and international organizations. USIP partners with other U.S. government organizations to leverage resources and skills for international peacebuilding and serves as a catalyst in empowering others to prevent, manage and resolve international conflict. USIP provides a multidisciplinary setting for interagency professionals and offers IPRs a range of substantive experiences to work directly with USIP’s country-specific, regional and thematic programs through the Center for Conflict Management (CCM) and the Centers of Innovation (COIs), as well as with the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding.
See our Grants and Fellowships page for information about annual military fellowship programs.