Joining forces to protect civilians during conflict

How can partnered military operations be managed to reduce risks for civilians and increase respect for international humanitarian law?

Partnered military operations (PMO) have steadily grown in recent decades as a way to intervene in conflicts around the globe, and in Africa, in particular. During the seminar, an officer commanding an African partnered force and other experts will delve into the complexities of developing and conducting a PMO and how these partnerships can be managed to prevent or reduce risks to civilians.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) publication, Preventing Civilian Harm in Partnered Military Operations: A Commander’s Handbook, will be launched.

This workshop is co-hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the ICRC delegation to the African Union.

Simultaneous English-French interpretation will be provided.

Moderator: Dr Dawit Yohannes, Project Manager and Senior Researcher, Training for Peace, ISS, Addis Ababa


  • Major General Kebede Regassa Garbi, Deputy Force Commander, African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS)
  • African Union, TBC
  • Halimat Temitope Edun, Legal Advisor to the African Union, ICRC, Addis Ababa
  • Meressa Kahsu Dessu, Senior Researcher and Training Coordinator, Training for Peace, ISS Addis Ababa
Development partners
This workshop is jointly funded by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Government of Norway through the Institute for Security Studies’ Training for Peace program. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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