Jenny Aulin from consortium member GPPAC gave a guest lecture at a Security Sector Reform (SSR) course by the Folke Bernadotte Academy in Barcelona. The session focused on the role of civil society in SSR and sought to: (1) explain the importance of civilian and democratic oversight of SSR and (2) analyse and discuss the different dimensions of local and national ownership of SSR.
The ‘Understand to Prevent' (U2P) is an initiative of MCDC (Multinational Capability Development Campaign), a learning platform for different military forces. The U2P has been considering the role of the military in conflict prevention, and the operationalisation of a comprehensive approach in the field. They look at the phases where CSOs and the military can engage, and are looking to test some of their findings in a scenario exercise in 2016. GPPAC attended their workshop at the Shrivenham Military Academy as part of the outreach and streamlining of our consortium project with relevant civil-military initiatives. See the U2P main report, summary and presentation.