International Humanitarian Law: A Student Training Seminar (Feb. 20, 2008)

A special student training seminar on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) featuring Michael Khambatta and Dr. Nils Melzer from the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Carr Center Leads Human Rights Groups on Visit to the U.S. Military's National Training Center (August 22, 2007)

The Carr Center led a group of human rights groups to visit the U.S. Army's National Training Center and assess the efficacy of its training to protect civilians during Irregular Warfare.

Teaching Leadership and Ethics Post-9/11: Civilian & Military Perspectives on Preparing the Nation’s Leaders - May 25-26, 2005

This educators’ conference drew educators concerned with ethics and leadership from the Harvard community and from military colleges and senior service schools. Participants explored differences in teaching at their respective institutions and the competing approaches of education and training, including distinctions between academic inquiry and professional preparation. Using the case study of Abu Ghraib, they discussed the diversity of potential pedagogical approaches to the case teaching and more broadly considered the impact of post 9/11 international security challenges on their teaching. We hope that this can be the beginning of an ongoing regularized exchange between instructors at civilian and military institutions and welcome inquiries and suggestions to that end.

Democracy and Human Rights at WHINSEC - January 20-21, 2005

The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), in coordination with the Project on the Means of Intervention, hosted a group of representatives from human rights organizations -- including Human Rights Watch, the Center for International Policy, and the Carr Center -- to discuss the Institute's Democracy and Human Rights curriculum. In addition to exchanging ideas about course materials and strengthening ties between WHINSEC and the human rights community, the visitors observed classroom instruction and participated in a panel discussion with students. WHINSEC, located at Ft. Benning, GA, provides professional education and training for civilian, military and law enforcement students from throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Civilian Engagement at the National Training Center - January 27-28, 2004

In January 2004, the Carr Center hosted representatives from the National Training Center (NTC) and humanitarian relief organizations to explore how an increase in direct input from international organizations, governmental organizations, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) could be useful in planning and executing their training exercises. The discussions raised a variety of issues regarding tensions in civil-military relations that have arisen un recent conflicts, and how civilian input into formulating scenarios and training the role players and observer/controller exercise "referees" might help improve the realism of that aspect of NTC's simulated battlefield training.

NTC, the Army's largest maneuver combat training center, provides training and feedback in simulated battlefield conditions for thousands of soldiers every year. NTC's training approach reflects a relatively recent shift from an exclusive focus on warfighting to addressing the complexities facing the military in recent stability and support operations in the post-major combat operation phase of operations. The training exercises strive to replicate the conditions troops will face in country as accurately as possible. "Civilians on the battlefield" (role players) populate several simulated villages in efforts to replicate the diversity of actors that troops are likely to encounter during operation.

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