The aim of this course was to provide the training audience with an overview of the various assets, roles, missions, and doctrines related to NATO’s Civil – Military Cooperation (CIMIC). Furthermore, the MTT represented the opportunity to engage in discussions on the comparative advantage of military and civilian/humanitarian stakeholders in contexts of natural disasters and complex emergencies: The event constitutes the first training block of the staggered approach in CIMIC training to build the foundation for further and more in-depth CIMIC related training.
Following an introductory part focusing on general knowledge about NATO and other key actors from the Civil Dimension, the MTT promoted the understanding of NATO´s Comprehensive Operations Planning Directive (COPD) as the core tool to ensure efficient and effective use of all resources during Crisis Management planning and execution. The focus then shifted to discussions on NATO Cross-Cutting Topics (CCTs), in particular Protection of Civilians (PoC), Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC), Cultural Property Protection (CPP) and Women, Peace and Security (WPS). Not less than 19 members of the Tunisian Armed Forces attended the MTT, primarily at the tactical level.
MTT Closing Ceremony for the Mobile Training event on Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) in the Tunisian Excellence Center of Forces Rehabilitation in Hammamet, Tunisia from 5 to 8 December 2022.
As part of the Mobile Training Team, subject matter experts from J9 CIMIC – Liaison and Knowledge Development Section (LKD) - planned and delivered presentations tailored to the context of Tunisia. Additionally, the training event integrated the participation of experts from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA). Within the framework of the MoU with NATO, the ICRC discussed with the training audience the centrality of NATO’s Protection of Civilians framework. UN OCHA virtual participation to the event was instrumental in highlighting how humanitarian-development and military actors can contribute to a Comprehensive Approach to crises, while at the same time taking into account their respective mandates and roles, as well as decision-making autonomy.
Tunisia is a key partner for NATO within the framework of the Mediterranean Dialogue. Over the years, this partnership has led to remarkable results by engaging the two shores of the Mediterranean in a progressively shared conception of the common security challenges, as well as by representing a potential forum for intra‒regional cooperation.