Breaking Down Barriers – Towards Improving Civil-Military Coordination in ‘Robust’ UN Peacekeeping Operations: A Malian Case Study

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2018-06-22
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This thesis centers around the limiting factors regarding civil-military coordination (CIMIC) in ‘robust’ UN peacekeeping operations by drawing upon first-hand experiences of Dutch military CIMIC officers during their deployment within the United Nations Multidimensional Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). In addition to attenuating the perception of the level of ‘robustness’ of this mission, this study adds empirical information about the civil-military relationship within MINUSMA from the perspective of Dutch CIMIC officers. This balances previous studies, which mainly focused on the civil-humanitarian experiences of this relationship. As concluded, several limiting factors are conceptualized in three themes: cultural differences between the civil and military component of the UN peacekeeping operation in Mali, the lack of knowledge about the operational structure and procedures of the UN among civil and military personnel, and the lack of knowledge about CIMIC among colleagues from troop contributing countries. Based on these conclusions, several recommendations are made to increase the effectiveness and use the full potential of CIMIC officers.
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Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen