Military Support to Peacebuilding

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 08:00 to 18:00
Event Location:
George Mason University, Arlington Campus Auditorium Founders Hall , , 22201
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Peacebuilding, as defined by the United Nations involves “a range of measures targeted to reduce the risk of lapsing or relapsing into conflict by strengthening national capacities at all levels for conflict management, and to lay the foundation for sustainable peace and development. [It] is a complex, long-term process of creating the necessary conditions for sustainable peace. It works by addressing the deep-rooted, structural causes of violent conflict in a comprehensive manner. Peacebuilding measures address core issues that affect the functioning of society and the State, and seek to enhance the capacity of the State to effectively and legitimately carry out its core functions.” As peacebuilding moves the forefront of peace and security activities worldwide, how is – or how should – the role of the U.S. military be evolving to this challenge? How do peacebuilding actors view how the military fits into a “whole of society” effort to address “human security” concerns? What is the way ahead on civil-military coordination in peacebuilding?

A hosted reception to honor U.S. Military Observers to the United Nations will immediately follow.

Full Agenda:

8:00 Registration / coffee/ refreshments 

8:30 Roundtable hosts: 

- Dr. Allison Frendak-Blume, Director, George Mason University Peace Operations Policy Program 

- Robert Feidler, Director of Army Affairs and Director of the Strategic Defense Education Forum, Reserve Officers Association 


8:45 Keynote Speaker: “From a Warrior to a Peacebuilder,” Albert Santoli, Founder and President, Asia America Initiative and author of Everything We Had: An Oral History of the Vietnam War and To Bear Any Burden: The Vietnam War and Its Aftermath in the Words of Americans and Southeast Asians, and other books. 

9:45 Break 

10:00 Panel Discussion I: Peacebuilding in the 21st century – Viewpoints from lead organizations in the community of practice 

Moderator: Melanie Greenberg, President & CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding 

- Alliance for Peacebuilding – Dr. Lisa Schirch, Director of Human Security 

- United Nations Development Program – Stan Nkwain, Head of Policy and Planning, Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery 

- U.S. State Department – Raphael Carland, Director of Partnerships, Bureau of Conflict & Stabilization Operations 

- U.S. Agency for International Development – Greg Hermsmeyer, Chief, Operations, Learning and Outreach, Center for Civil-Military Cooperation 

- U.S. Institute of Peace – Theodore Feifer, Senior Program Officer, Academy for Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, U.S. Institute of Peace 


12:00 Pick up lunch and move to Room 126 – Return to Auditorium at 12:45 following lunch. 

12:15 Lunchtime Speaker: Ned Kostov, Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations – “From Peacekeeping to Peacebuilding” 

13:00 Panel Discussion II: How the U.S. military supports peacebuilding 

Moderator: Col. (ret.) Christopher Holshek, Senior Fellow, Alliance for Peacebuilding 

- The Joint Staff – R. David Stephenson, Chief, Irregular Warfare Assessment & Integration, J-7 Joint Force Development 

- Department of Defense – Col. Eric Haaland, Civil Affairs Policy, Office of Partnership Strategy & Stability Operations, Office of the Secretary of Defense 

- U.S. Army Civil Affairs – Brig. Gen. Hugh VanRoosen, Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command and former Military Chief of Staff, United Nations Mission in Liberia 

- U.S. Marine Corps Security Cooperation – Col. Rob Smullen, Director, Marine Corps Small Wars Center for Irregular Warfare Integration Division (SWCIWID) 

- U.S. Foreign Area Officers – Col. Thomas “TJ” Moffatt, Commander, U.S. Military Observer Group - Washington 


15:30 Open Discussion – Facilitated by GMU-POPP 

16:00 Closing Remarks, Announcements, and Adjournment – Prof. Frendak-Blume 

16:30-18:00 – Post-event reception celebrating the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Military Observer Group hosted by UNA-USA/NCA and Better World Foundation (Room 126). 


This program is sponsored by:

The Defense Education Forum of the Reserve Officers Association
George Mason University's Peace Operations Policy Program
The Foreign Area Officer Association
The Alliance for Peacebuilding
United Nations Association of the USA - National Capital Area
The Better World Campaign
The Civil Affairs Association