USIP Press Books
328 pp., 4 1/4" x 8"
Please see the newest, replacement volume Guide for Participants in Peace, Stability, and Relief Operations.

Peace and relief operations are always tough assignments. But they can be tougher still when you find yourself working alongside people who seem to have very different outlooks, approaches, and priorities. It is a problem that has grown significantly over the past decade, with many operations now bringing together intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and the military.

Developed specifically to dispel misconceptions and promote cooperation, Guide to IGOs, NGOs, and the Military gives readers the opportunity to develop a basic understanding of these leading players in peace and relief operations. For each type, the handbook presents its organizational philosophy and culture, internal structure, and working practices. It offers a series of quick but recognizable sketches, showing both the general characteristics and the most important variations.

The guide provides fact-filled profiles of dozens of the leading IGOs and NGOs. The Military section shows readers how to identify the service, rank, and specialty of military personnel and the weapons and other equipment most likely to be seen in the field. A variety of graphics and tables aid understanding and identification.

Designed to be taken into the field, the guide is compact, durable, and lightweight, with tabs and indexes that make it easy to find specific information.

Pamela R. Aall is a senior fellow at Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the former vice president for United States Institute of Peace's domestic programs, Education and Training Center . Before joining the Institute in 1993, she was a consultant to the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and to the Institute of International Education. She held a number of positions at the Rockefeller Foundation. She has also worked for the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam and Brussels), the International Council for Educational Development (New York), and the New York Botanical Garden. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.A. from Columbia University and attended the London School of Economics, conducting research on political and economic integration in Scandinavia and Europe.

Lt. Col. Daniel Miltenberger is attached to the Peacekeeping Institute at the Army War College.

Thomas G. Weiss is presidential professor at the CUNY Graduate Center.


  • Part l: Intergovernmental Organizations
  • Introduction
  • An Overview of IGOs
  • IGOs in Action
  • IGO Profiles
  • Part ll: Nongovernmental Organizations
  • Introduction
  • An Overview of NGOs
  • The Structure and Organization of NGOs
  • NGOs in Conflict
  • The Challenges of Coordination
  • NGO Profiles
  • Part lll: The Military
  • Introduction
  • The Organization and Structure of the Military
  • Military Thinking and Military Culture
  • The Challenges of Peace Operations
  • Uniforms, Weapons, and Other Equipment
  • Common Miltary Abbreviations and Acronyms
  • Further Information

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