Guide for Participants in Peace, Stability, and Relief Operations (Web Version)

Published: 
June 1, 2007
By: 
Robert M. Perito

Peace, stability, and humanitarian operations typically involve the interaction of international organizations (IOs), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the U.S. government, and the U.S. military. The Institute’s highly successful Guide to IGOs, NGOs and the Military in Peace and Relief Operations, which was based on peace operations in the Balkans following the Cold War, has been instrumental in facilitating interaction between IOs, NGOs, and the military. This online version includes updated information and resources.

Peace, stability, and humanitarian operations typically involve the interaction of international organizations (IOs), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the U.S. government, and the U.S. military. The Institute’s highly successful Guide to IGOs, NGOs and the Military in Peace and Relief Operations, which was based on peace operations in the Balkans following the Cold War, has been instrumental in facilitating interaction between IOs, NGOs, and the military. The revised Guide for Participants in Peace, Stability, and Relief Operations is updated to reflect lessons learned from operations that have occurred since 2000, particularly in Iraq, Afghanistan, and areas affected by the 2004 Asian tsunami.

This invaluable guide provides short scenarios of typical international involvement in peace missions, natural disasters, and stability operations, as well as an introduction to the organizations that will be present when the international community responds to a crisis. Equally valuable are descriptions of the roles of the United Nations and other international institutions, NGOs, the U.S. military, and U.S. government civilian agencies, which were added because of their increased role in these operations.

Although the guide is particularly useful for those serving in the field, it will also help headquarters personnel to understand the structure and roles of other organizations. A unique educational resource, the guide will be useful for many who are not in the field, including military and agency trainees and university students.

The steering committee for this volume includes: Colonel John F. Agoglia, U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute; Christopher J. Hoh, U.S. Department of State; Dawn Calabia, UN Information Center; Roy Williams, The Center for Humanitarian Cooperation; Karen Guttieri, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Contents

Title Page

List of Illustrations and Maps; List of Graphs and Tables

Foreword

Introduction

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations and Acronyms

United States Institute of Peace Framework for Societies Emerging from Conflicts

Scenarios

Section I: International Organizations

An Overview of International Organizations

The United Nations

Profiles of Major International Organizations

Section II: Non-Governmental Organizations

Introduction

An Overview of NGOs

The Structure and Organization of NGOs

NGOs in Conflict

The Challenges of Coordination

Profiles of the NGO Community

Section III: Civilian Agencies of the U.S. Government

Introduction

Profiles of Federal Agencies Involved in Peace and Relief Operations

Section IV: The United States Military

Introduction

The Organization and Structure of the Military

Military Culture

The Challenges of Stability Operations

Uniforms, Weapons, and Other Equipment

Additional Resources

Published Resources

Online Resources

Supplemental Brochure

Guidelines for Relations Between U.S. Armed Forces and Non-Governmental Humanitarian Organizations in Hostile or Potentially Hostile Environments

May 6, 2010