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Effective Civil-Military Interaction in Peace Operations

Theory and Practice

  • Makes knowledge on civil-military interaction explicit and widely applicable

  • Counters the improvisational, pragmatic and ad hoc approach to civil-military interaction

  • Provides tailored information for those working in intelligence, logistics, engineering, operations, planning, and personnel or as Commanding Officers?

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Getting Better at Civil-Military Interaction

    • Sebastiaan Rietjens, Gerard Lucius
    Pages 1-9
  3. Civilians in Military Operations: Blue on Blue?

    • Jeannette Seppen, Gerard Lucius
    Pages 45-59
  4. Civil-Military Planning

    • Philip Shetler-Jones
    Pages 89-102
  5. Just in Time: Civil-Military Logistics

    • Maggie Heraty
    Pages 103-122
  6. Reconstructing the Infrastructure of Damaged Societies

    • Garland H. Williams
    Pages 123-136
  7. Civil-Military Interaction During Infantry Operations

    • John Melkon, James Embrey, Harry Bader, Brian Mennes
    Pages 137-151
  8. Military’s Engagement in Civilian Healthcare

    • Sebastiaan Rietjens, Myriame Bollen
    Pages 153-167
  9. Dealing with Cultural Differences

    • Paula Holmes-Eber
    Pages 191-204
  10. Fighting Corruption in Conflict Areas

    • Saad Mustafa, Tobias Bock, Mark Pyman
    Pages 205-219
  11. Leadership and the Comprehensive Approach

    • Peter Olsthoorn, Joseph Soeters
    Pages 237-248
  12. Civil-Military Interaction, CIMIC and Interacting with Gender

    • Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Toiko Tõnisson Kleppe
    Pages 249-261
  13. Improving Evaluation of Civil-Military Cooperation

    • Peter Essens, Thom de Vries
    Pages 263-274
  14. Civil-Military Interaction: From Practice to Theory

    • Sebastiaan Rietjens
    Pages 275-290

About this book

This book contains unique, firsthand experiences of both the military and civilian actors involved in civil-military interaction processes. It presents lessons learned from a variety of situations, from both NATO-led operations and UN Integrated Missions, and in different geographical areas, such as the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa. Rather than taking the improvisational approach, these lessons learned will enable military commanders and staff and their civilian counterparts in governments, International Organisations and NGOs to come fully prepared for the challenges of today's multifaceted missions. With a better understanding of the mandates and methods of the various civilian and military actors comes greater respect for each other's comparative advantages. With respect comes smoother cooperation. And with that, efficiency gains and enhanced overall mission effectiveness. Each chapter contains solid analysis and advice, specific to the functions found in military organizations, from Intelligence to Personnel and from Logistics to Engineering. Cross-cutting themes like Gender, Human Rights and Corruption are also included in this work that brings together some of the best that practitioners and academics can offer.


  • Civil-Military Interaction Process
  • Civil-Military Logistics
  • Civil-military Interaction Process
  • Cultural Differences
  • Effective Civil-Military Interaction
  • Integrating Approaches of Civilian and Military Actors
  • International Civilians
  • Mission Effectiveness
  • Mission Effectiveness
  • NATO-led Operations
  • NATO-led Operations
  • Population Centric Intelligence
  • Segurity Challenges
  • UN Integrated Missions
  • UN Integrated Missions

Editors and Affiliations

  • Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, The Netherlands

    Gerard Lucius

  • Netherlands Defense Academy, Breda, The Netherlands

    Sebastiaan Rietjens

About the editors

Gerard Lucius joined the Diplomatic Service of the Netherlands in 1997 and civil-military interaction has been a constant in his career. He was the Liaison Officer to the Netherlands Ministry of Defence during various operations in the Former Yugoslavia and a Development Adviser to the Commander of Task Force Uruzgan, the Dutch contribution to ISAF. As a consultant to the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) before the indepence of South Sudan, he coordinated donor support to the Joint Integrated Units of Sudanese Army and SPLM. He also worked as Political Secretary and Economic Secretary in Zambia and Qatar, respectively. Since 2002, Gerard spends a number of weeks annually as an active reserve officer in 1 (NL) Civil-Military Interaction Command, where he is a Senior Consultant in the Command’s Political Network. Gerard was Counselor and Deputy Head of Mission of his country's embassy in Baghdad from 2012-2014. He currently works on Antiterrorism and National Security issues at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. 

Dr. Sebastiaan Rietjens, an engineer by training, is an associate professor at the Netherlands Defense Academy, and a reserve major in the Netherlands army. He has done extensive fieldwork in military operations and has published accordingly in international journals and books. His main focus of interest is on civil-military interaction, effectiveness of military operations as well as logistics and information management. He co-edited volumes on civil-military cooperation (Ashgate, 2008) and research methods in studies (Routledge, forthcoming) and a special issue on defense logistics (International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, 2013). Sebastiaan is a regular speaker at the Cimic Centre of Excellence and the NATO School and has given presentations at numerous institutions and (academic) conferences including the Australian Defence Forces Academy, the European Committee on Security and Development and the US Marine Corps University.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Effective Civil-Military Interaction in Peace Operations

  • Book Subtitle: Theory and Practice

  • Editors: Gerard Lucius, Sebastiaan Rietjens

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-26804-0

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-80019-6

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-26806-4

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVII, 295

  • Number of Illustrations: 51 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Cultural Resource Management, International Relations

Buying options

eBook USD 89.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-26806-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)