Civil-Military Co-operation Centre of Excellence

The CCOE is a multinational sponsored, NATO accredited, Centre of Excellence. It provides added value, innovative and timely advice, and subject matter expertise on CIMIC for both civilian and military customers. The primary focuses of the organisation’s effort is in conceptual and doctrinal development, lessons learned along with enhanced training and education.

To assist NATO, Sponsoring Nations and other military and civil institutions/organisations in their operational and transformation efforts in the field of civil-military interaction by providing innovative and timely advice and subject matter expertise in the development of existing and new concepts, policy and doctrine;specialised education and training; and the contribution to the lessons learned processes.

The Hague
No programmes have been added yet.
No support mandates have been added yet.
No vacancies have been added yet.

Policy and Research Papers

Human Security - A CCOE Info Sheet

This Info Sheet provides a general overview about the concept of Human Security (HS), summarizes leading organization’s perspectives on HS and identifies shortfalls concerning the concept of HS.

For full access to the CCOE Info Sheet on Human Security, kindly follow the link. 


Other Documents

Rule of Law Makes Sense : A Way to Improve Your Mission

Most failed or fragile states in (post) conflict situations face difficulties in upholding the Rule of Law. When it is decided to intervene in such states, militarily or otherwise, strengthening the Rule of Law is increasingly becoming of high interest for military and political missions. When working on Rule of Law during these missions, Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) can play an important role. The aim of this publication is therefore to demonstrate how CIMIC as a military capability can contribute to military and political missions concerned with Rule of Law objectives.

To answer the aforementioned overarching question the publication firstly sets out what exactly Rule of Law is and provides an insight into the legal framework relevant to the Rule of Law (objective one). After that, an explanation follows on how Rule of Law can contribute to sustainable mission success (objective two). Both questions are important to provide an answer to the third objective: how CIMIC at the operational and tactical level can contribute to Rule of Law.

The approach of this publication is to answer the three leading questions by first providing a theoretical overview of Rule of Law followed by a practical part consisting of case studies and examples from the field, demonstrating how CIMIC can contribute to Rule of Law objectives in all phases of a military mission whilst looking at all levels of responsibility (from the political/strategic level to the tactical level).

Read the publication online.

Other Document

Gender Makes Sense: A Way to Improve Your Mission

The main objective of this publication is to provide an understanding of what gender and gender perspective is (key question 1), and to demonstrate why this is a key component in achieving sustained success of military operations (key question 2). Furthermore, the publication demonstrates the relationship between Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) and a gender perspective in military operations (key question 3).

The first key question explains what gender and a gender perspective is. One of the aims of this publication therefore is to provide the different definitions related to gender in military operations. Secondly, this publication informs about the gender advisory functions embedded throughout different organisations to ensure gender mainstreaming in missions, activities, policies and programmes. As an answer to the second and third question the publication therefore focuses on the benefits for the military mission when integrating a gender perspective.

The author concludes that the best advice to commanders is based on a good assessment, clear communication, dialogue and proper exchange of information and knowledge with the military as well as civilian counterparts, both men and women.

Read this publication online.

Other Document

Good Governance Makes Sense: A Way to Improve Your Mission

Good Governance is of high interest and value for military operations, because it is a key component to achieve sustained success of a mission. As a prerequisite for political ownership and therefore as a part of the desired end state, the high mission relevance of Good Governance becomes visible. The provision of NATO CIMIC with relevant information about complex situations which can’t be solved by military alone is one of CCOE’s today’s challenges and therefore CCOE is gathering knowledge about the impact of Good Governance and its implications for future conflicts. Within a comprehensive approach CCOE starts running a new project which will expand the ken about cultural influence on military operations.

It is the aim of this project to clarify the role of NATO CIMIC regarding Good Governance and to find out in which way and to what extent a specific culture influences the structures of Governance and how they can be made capable of being used in a ‘good’ way. 

As a result, the CCOE has created a properly designed Good Governance project, an enlarged network of subject matter experts and as a first tangible benefit a publication entitled: Good Governance Makes Sense – A Way to Improve Your Mission (available for download). In the short term it will be a prerequisite for further development and the creation of fundamental knowledge about Good Governance, and in the long term fruits of the project shall contribute to integrated planning, doctrine development, improvement of training and education and a better support of operations.

Other Document