First week of the Interagency Civilian-Military Training has finished


The Interagency Civilian-Military Training (ICMT) is a two-week course organized for the third consecutive year by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Prague Security Institute (PSSI) and the Vyškov Military Academy. The course is divided in two parts, theoretical and practical.

The theoretical part of the ICMT was held between June 2 – 6, 2014 at the Diplomatic Academy of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The aim is to improve participants’ ability to effectively take part in reconstruction and observation missions within the EU, OSCE or UN structures, on behalf of the Czech Republic. It is designed to provide relevant theoretical training that enhances practical skill sets, promotes civilian-military cooperation, and allows for a successful completion of missions within their operation environments.

The course is also aimed at raising awareness and understanding of the various mission components in relation with other actors (humanitarian relief, national actors, development assistance, etc). This includes understanding of the mission, mandates, structure, activities, liaison requirements and other relevant responsibilities.

Upon completion of the first week, the selected participants gain a basic understanding on:

  • Background to conflict responses
  • The role of international organizations in current and future conflict areas
  • Cooperation of civilian, humanitarian and military missions
  • Capacity building and sustainability
  • Monitoring and reporting in observation missions


The speakers included among others:

  • Heidi Meyer, Political Advisor, NATO Allied Land Command Izmir, Turkey
  • Jaroslava Novotná, Chief Prosecutor, EULEX Kosovo
  • Sean Gralton, Senior Community Justice Advisor, USAID
  • David King, McKellar Corporation, USA
  • Sherrin Hill, Recruitment Officer, Department of Human Resources, OSCE
  • Petr Chalupecký, Deputy Head of Czech Delegation to NATO
  • Jan Plešinger, Deputy Head of Mission to Moldova, OSCE
  • Aleš Hanek, Hate Crime Officer, OSCE/ ODIHR
  • Veronika Kuchyňová Šmigalová, MFA
  • Tomáš Kocián, People in Need
  • Steven Martin, Election Adviser, OSCE/ ODIHR

The second practical part is held between June 7 – 14, 2014 at the Military Academy in Vyškov and includes survival training in conflict environment and crisis situations.


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