MARO Project conference with US European Command and US Africa Command on Mass Atrocity Prevention and Response at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany.
From November 8-9, 2011, the MARO Project co-hosted a groundbreaking conference with US European Command and US Africa Command on Mass Atrocity Prevention and Response at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany. Staff and senior leadership from EUCOM and AFRICOM, as well as officials from the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and the White House, came together for two days to discuss how to improve the US government and US military’s capacities to prevent and respond to mass atrocities, wherever in the world they may happen.
The conference reflected the advances that the MARO Project has made in the past several years in developing, exercising, and mainstreaming mass atrocity response concepts within the US, as well as the achievements that each command has made in institutionalizing MARO into their ways of working. Notably, EUCOM has been a key mover in the recent decision to include MARO in US military doctrine and has been working to integrate MARO into EUCOM planning tools, and AFRICOM has included protecting civilians from mass atrocities in their most recent Commander’s Intent. The conference also dovetailed with the final stages of the work being undertaken as part of Presidential Study Directive 10 on preventing mass atrocities, contributing to that effort.
Speakers at the conference included Sarah Sewall, MARO Project Founder, Vice Admiral Leidig, AFRICOM Deputy to the Commander for Military Operations, Rear Admiral Montgomery, EUCOM Deputy Director (DJ5) Plans, Policy and Strategy, Stephen Pomper, Director for War Crimes and Atrocities, National Security Council, Tori Holt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State at Bureau of International Organization Affairs, Dr. Jane Stromseth, Senior Advisor for Rule of Law and International Humanitarian Policy in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, and Janine Davidson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Plans.
The forthcoming report will include key recommendations that were developed by the conference’s working groups (mass atrocity policy, prevention, and intervention). Please click here to sign up for the MARO mailing list to receive a copy.