Strengthening Military-Civilian Cooperation in the Americas


The Armed Forces can play an important role in disaster situations. Their organization, discipline, personnel and resources can greatly benefit the affected population if their assets are used to support civilian institutions and authorities. To contribute to achieving this objective, the Inter-American Defense College invited high-level military officers and civilian authorities from 16 countries in the Americas to participate in a workshop on emergencies and disasters.

The seminar, part of ongoing IADC-PAHO efforts, provided the forum to discuss important disaster response and risk management topics and others about which there is growing interest, such as the deliberate release of biological and chemical substances. The participation of other actors in the international arena—diplomatic missions, national disaster response agencies, regional and subregional integration agencies and U.N. agencies—allowed positive conclusions to be reached will have long term benefits for civilian-military collaboration. For more information, contact Dr. Ciro Ugarte, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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