The Joint Civil-Military Interaction (JCMI) Group (Land, Sea & Air) was established as an experiment in 2013 to seek new ways to more effectively deal with emergency security challenges of Stabilization & Reconstruction that fall under the auspices of Civil-Military Interaction. In 2016 JCMI transitioned to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, within the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, to create a Center for Joint Civil-Military Interaction. Current affiliations will be maintained and expanded within NATO (HQ/ACT/ACO), the NATO accredited Centers of Excellence community, as well as individual organizations within the Sponsoring and Partner Nations.
The primary mission of the JCMI Center is to create a better understanding of the new vital need for Civil-Military Interaction (CMI), and Civil-Military Co-operation (CIMIC), which should all be coordinated at the core of planning and operations for all civil and military missions. Effective CMI is critical for building functional bridges between Civil & Military partners; as well as greatly enhancing overall mission success for civilian and military participants; mainly in the critical areas of Protection of Civilians, Reduction of Civilian Casualties, Improvement of Non-Lethal Capability for Military Forces, Cultural Property Protection, Religion, Civil/Homeland Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Risk Reduction, Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance; as well as Joint Medical Stability Operations.
The purpose of the UNCG Joint Civil-Military Interaction (JCMI) Research and Education Network is to bring civil and military actors and scholars together to investigate issues impacting civil-military interaction in peacekeeping and humanitarian actions.
Military cooperation with civilian peacebuilding groups enhances Human Security and the protection of vulnerable people, cultures, religions, and societies. The UNCG JCMI Network focuses on the study and development of civil society and the establishment of good governance structures in conflict affected areas around the world; which are essential for building functional bridges between dysfunctional civil and military partners increasing overall joint mission success in establishing long-term peace and stability.
JCMI is based on communication, planning, and coordination among international, national, and local non-military actors and military leaders before, during, and post-crisis to facilitate the mutual effectiveness and efficiency of each.
Goals of the UNCG JCMI Network are:
- establish and strengthen partnerships among JCMI actors,
- build international collaboration,
- inform and educate policymakers regarding JCMI, and
- promote public policy initiatives that advance JCMI within peacekeeping and humanitarian response communities.
The network achieves its goals by way of an ongoing lecture series, workshops, and its monograph and white paper series.
The UNCG JCMI Network is open to all interested in advancing civil-military interaction and cooperation.
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