Failed and failing states pose perhaps the most potent threat to world security. However, the international community has not found a reliable way to build sustainable peace and development in many of the world’s neediest areas. Peacekeeping is a means of helping countries torn by conflict by creating conditions for sustainable peace. Such assistance comes in many forms, including confidence-building measures, power-sharing agreements, electoral support, military and law enforcement and economic and social development.

SMi’s Peacekeeping & Stability Operations conference will define the current and future requirements and capabilities of military peacekeeping forces. The event will explore the complexities of operating within a fragile environment, often within strict political guidelines. The need for peacekeeping and co-operation from the Alliance will be discussed as will the strategic, financial and policy/doctrine surrounding peacekeeping missions. How to establish and develop rapidly deployable peacekeeping forces through effective logistical support, force training, equipment capability and command and control will also be discussed, as will the need for understanding and successfully integrating into the surrounding environment.

Confirmed participants so far include…

  • Frederic Mathieu, Political Advisor to the Commander, The Kosovo Force (KFOR)
  • Diego Ruiz Palmer, Head, Planning Section, Operational Division, NATO International Staff
  • Lieutenant Colonel Anders Schmidt, Chief G2, SHIRBRIG
  • Lieutenant Colonel Douglas LaBrie, Senior Staff Officer Contracts, Headquarters, Canadian Forces Joint Support Group
  • Commander Graham Evans, SO1 Force Generation, Operations Division, NATO SHAPE
  • Claudiu Degeratu, Chair, Romanian Presidency, SHIRBRIG, Military International Co-operation Directorate, Romanian MoD
  • Doug Brooks, President, International Peace Operations Association
  • Robert M. Perito, Co-ordinator, Iraq Experience Project, United States Institute of Peace
  • Dr Jean-Yves Haine, Research Fellow, International Institute of Strategic Studies
  • Brigadier General (Ret’d) Ernest B Beno, Senior Consultant, PAE Canada
  • Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’d) Anders Karlsson, Independent Consultant

Benefits of Attending Peacekeeping & Stability Operations:

  • REVIEW present and future challenges facing peacekeeping forces
  • IDENTIFY concepts crucial to successful operations
  • HEAR updates on ongoing peace and stability operations
  • CONSIDER the increasing role played by private industry in peacekeeping support
  • MAXIMISE your knowledge of the broad range of issues key to the pursuit of global stability


Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Doug Brooks

Doug Brooks, President, International Peace Operations Association (IPOA)


  • The evolution of peacekeeping – from traditional to multidimensional
  • The motives and means for conflict
  • Few modern conflicts are truly ‘local’
  • Repercussions: illegal arms traffic, terrorism, drug trafficking, refugees
  • Weighing the risk of action against that of inaction
  • The role of DPKO
  • Colonel John Agoglia

    Colonel John Agoglia, Director, US Army Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute

    William  Flavin

    William Flavin, Professor, Multinational Stability Operations, US Army Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute

    9:50 Lessons Learned Form and Challenges To NATO Crisis Response Operations

    Diego Ruiz Palmer

    Diego Ruiz Palmer, Head, Planning Section, Operational Division, NATO International Staff

  • New challenges for crisis response operations
  • The experience of NATO’s engagement in Afghanistan
  • Transforming Alliance forces for expeditionary operations: planning challenges
  • Capability development
  • A vision for NATO’s future role in crisis response and peacekeeping
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Constructing a Peacekeeping Force

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Staff Officer, J3, National Defense Headquarters, Canadian Armed Forces

  • Canada’s role in peacekeeping operations
  • Challenges faced
  • Successes
  • Areas for improvement
  • Structuring Canada’s Armed Forces – where does the peacekeeping element fit in?
  • 11:40 Kosovo

    Frederic Matheiu

    Frederic Matheiu, Political Advisor to the Commander, The Kosovo Force (KFOR)

  • The current situation in Kosovo
  • Current objectives
  • Challenges ahead
  • Building democracy and self-government
  • Lessons learned
  • Future plans
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Force Generation for Rapid Reaction Forces

    Commander Graham Evans

    Commander Graham Evans, SO1 Force Generation, Operations Division, NATO SHAPE

  • Lessons learned from Kosovo and Afghanistan
  • Force generation - challenges with regard to high value forces
  • Key enabling forces and high value forces
  • NATO current initiatives to deal with out-of-area force generation
  • Generating the right balance of forces
  • 14:30 SHIRBRIG

    Lieutenant Colonel Anders Schmidt

    Lieutenant Colonel Anders Schmidt, Chief, G2, SHIRBRIG

  • The elements of SHIRBRIG
  • The Steering Committee
  • The Planning Element
  • The Brigade Pool of Units
  • SHIRBRIG’s role in UN peacekeeping
  • Conducting rapidly deployable peacekeeping operations
  • training
  • logistics
  • Areas for improvement
  • Looking to the future
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 SHIRBRIG'S Objectives for 2005

    Claudiu Degeratu

    Claudiu Degeratu, Chair, Romanian Presidency, SHIRBRIG, Romanian Ministry of Defence

  • Priorities for 2005
  • Support of a possible deployment to Sudan
  • Continued development of policy and procedure
  • Membership enlargement and streamlining of the development process
  • Assist a possible similar rapid reaction initiative in Africa
  • Summary
  • 16:20 Peacekeeping at a Regional Level

    Jean-Yves  Haine

    Jean-Yves Haine, Research Fellow, European Union Institute for Security Studies

  • The European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP)
  • Co-ordinating peacekeeping efforts with other organisations
  • The EU’s role in the Balkans
  • Future plans and initiatives
  • Summary
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Doug Brooks

    Doug Brooks, President, International Peace Operations Association (IPOA)

    9:10 The Growing Role of the Private Sector

    Doug Brooks

    Doug Brooks, President, International Peace Operations Association (IPOA)

  • Absence of Western military participation in P&S operations
  • The problem of reduced post Cold War militaries
  • Growing diversity of services provided by private companies
  • Evolution of perceptions, regulations and roles of the private sector
  • 9:50 The Role of the Contractor

    Lieutenant Colonel Douglas LaBrie

    Lieutenant Colonel Douglas LaBrie, Senior Staff Officer Contracts, National Defense Headquarters, Canadian Forces Joint Support Group

  • The logistical challenge of peacekeeping
  • Operating in varied theatres
  • Ensuring rapid reaction
  • Lessons learned from previous operations
  • The framework for support for future operations
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The Contractor's Perspective

    Brigadier General (Ret’d) Ernest B Beno

    Brigadier General (Ret’d) Ernest B Beno, Senior Consulant, PAE Canada

  • Overview of contracted services on peacekeeping and stability operations
  • How contracted services assist the customer on operations
  • Typical functions, contractual relationships and management processes
  • Achieving win-win outcomes
  • Major lessons learned
  • Future challenges and opportunities
  • 11:40 Keeping Order

    Robert Perito

    Robert Perito, Co-ordinator, Iraq Experience Project, United States Institute of Peace

  • The problems of working with the existing police force
  • Defining the role of constabulary police in peacekeeping operations
  • The training and development of a new police force
  • Establishing common doctrine and standards of conduct
  • Summary
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Multinationality in Peacekeeping Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel Bjorn Dahl

    Lieutenant Colonel Bjorn Dahl, Joint Staff Officer, FFIE (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment)

  • Introduction
  • The benefits of multinational operations
  • The challenges
  • cultural
  • logistical
  • Overcoming the obstacles
  • The future
  • 14:40 Funding

    Victoria Holt

    Victoria Holt, Senior Associate, The Henry L. Stimson Center

  • Introduction
  • Peace operations – the cheaper alternative to war
  • The funding formula
  • The problem of non-payment and its repercussions
  • Potential solutions
  • The future
  • 15:20 Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’d) Anders Karlsson

    Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’d) Anders Karlsson, former Senior Staff Officer, Swedish Joint Forces Command (OPIL) J5 Plans

  • Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration – the concepts
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks followed by afternoon tea

    16:30 Close of Conference


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