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Key Leader Symposium on peace operations this week at UNCG

Photo of The Alumni House.The second annual Key Leader Symposium on Transitional Public Security is being held this week in the Alumni House here at UNCG. The goal of the Key Leader Symposium is for participants to better understand others’ views regarding Multifunctional Peace Operations before, during and after the kinetic phase of an intervention or following humanitarian disaster response.

Participants from the military, civil society and academia realms are attending the symposium to share thinking and approaches to multi-function peace operations.

Dr. Thomas Matyók, chair and director of graduate studies in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies and also executive director of the Joint Civil-Military Interaction Education and Research Network, explains that this symposium presents an opportunity for future partners in peace operations or disaster responses to pro-actively strengthen their ties and understand the other’s perspectives:

“In complex peace operations, trust cannot be surged. Civil and military actors need to build relationships before responding to violent conflicts or humanitarian disasters.

Sponsors include UNCG’s Peace and Conflict Studies Department; Multinational Joint Headquarters Ulm, Civil-Military Interaction Community, Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany; and U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

For more information, contact Dr. Matyók at tgmatyok@uncg.edu.