U.S. Ambassador Robert T. Yamate presided over the closing ceremony along with the Minister of Defense Lieutenant General Dominique Rakotozafy to mark the completion of a week-long seminar on “Human Security” at Cercle Mess Soanierana from September 21 through September 25, 2015. As part of the military cooperation between the U.S. and Madagascar, this seminar, following a first one organized in February, was conducted by faculty of the Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR) of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California to address the challenges of building effective security institutions, managing natural disasters, creating a secure maritime environment, and defining the roles and missions of security forces.
Ambassador Yamate congratulated the 45 participants who successfully received their certificates. They included mid- to senior-grade officials from government institutions, civilian and military, and representatives from NGOs and civil society organizations. Upon completion of the seminar, whose themes covered risk mitigation, civil-military relations, public affairs, maritime security, roles and missions of security forces, and disaster management, participants presented an action plan and a proposal to build a civil-military relations task force to assist the government in strengthening human security in Madagascar.
“In order for Madagascar to realize its full potential, it will require a continued commitment to political stability and a renewed vigor in building a track-record of good governance and respect for the citizens of Madagascar,” said Ambassador Yamate in his closing remarks. For example, it is no small feat for a government to balance a responsibility to maintain order with ensuring that its citizens maintain their right to peacefully protest and demonstrate.”
Based at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey CA, the Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR) has the mission of building partner capacity and improving interagency and international coordination and cooperation by addressing civil-military challenges. These challenges include: enhancing civil-military relations, supporting defense reform and institution building, improving peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations, and combating terrorism. The Center prepares practitioners from all over the world for new levels of leadership in their national security communities.