Understand to Prevent: the military contribution to the prevention of violent conflict

"Understand to Prevent" (U2P) is a multinational project conducted under the auspices of the Multinational Capability Development Campaign (MCDC). The aim of the project was to determine what contribution defence forces of the world can make to the prevention of violent conflict. The first cycle through 2013/2014 brought about the Foundation Studies first report, "Understand to Prevent: The Military Contribution to the Prevention of Violent Conflict", which was split into two parts. In Part 1, Foundation Studies , the authors review some of the established academic and practitioner knowledge relating to the human domain, conflict, violence and prevention. In Part 2, The Understand to Prevent Concept , they review the potential contribution of military and look conceptually at how that engagement could take place. 

The second version, published in 2017 and available for download on this page, adds three parts to the report, and defines the Pillars of Understand to Prevent (part 3), develops Other Understand to Prevent themes (part 4) and makes an overview of several potential tools in Supporting material (part 5). Both are available through this link.

The handbook attached is intended to support strategic and operational military planning for the prevention of violent conflict, especially violent intrastate and transnational conflict. It is also relevant to thinking and planning at the policy and tactical levels, so can be used across the range of military activity.

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