Unified “Peace and Stability Operations Training and Education” and the “Integration and Exercise” Workshop
The Peace Operations Policy Program (POPP) recently co-hosted the 2013 Unified “Peace and Stability Operations Training and Education” (SOTEW) and the “Integration and Exercise” Workshop (IEW) with the Director of Training, Readiness and Strategy, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Readiness teams, Joint Staff/J7, U.S. Army Peace Keeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI), and other stakeholders at Founders Hall in Arlington, Va from January 28-31, 2013.
The workshop brought together trainers, practitioners, planners and educators from U.S., international governmental and military organizations, non-governmental organizations, peace and stability training centers, and academic institutions to review the training and education efforts in stability and peace operations to develop recommendations for preserved practices and processes, and those that should be adapted by the community in plans for future operations in complex environments included keynote addresses, panels, and presentations on topics such as conflict prevention; conflict response; and humanitarian assistance and disaster response preparedness.
Highlights of the workshop included welcoming remarks by Dr. Allison Frendak-Blume, director of POPP at GMU’s of Public Policy; and a keynote address from former congressman Ike Skelton (D-MO).
Civil Affairs Roundtable
Mason’s Peace Operations Policy program (POPP) and the Reserve Officers Association of the United States sponsored a roundtable on “Civil Affairs Futures,” at Founders Hall in Arlington.
The day-long meeting’s agenda included panels on “Planned Civil Affairs Futures,” “Civil Affairs Legislative, Policy and Doctrinal Changes,” and “Thoughts for the Future.” The meeting also included keynote addresses from Donald L. ‘Larry’ Sampler Jr., USAID principal deputy assistant to the administrator & deputy director of the office of Afghanistan & Pakistan Affairs; and BG Ferdinand Irizarry II, deputy commander of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.
Two Civil Affairs Association Awards were also presented at the roundtable to the following recipients:
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