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IPOA: Roundtable Event Print

The International Peace Operations Association cordially invites you to an off-the-record roundtable event to discuss:

Securing Operations Abroad: Solutions for NGOs and Private Firms.

May 9, 2006, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

IPOA's upcoming roundtable focuses on security concerns facing non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private firms operating in high risk environments. Humanitarian organizations and companies working in these arenas face greater responsibilities to both their target populations and their own personnel than ever before. Additionally, the increasingly complex demands of modern warfare present new and dynamic challenges.  This event will provide a forum for humanitarian organizations, private development and logistics firms, and security experts to share experiences and lessons learned. Participants will discuss security challenges, alternative security options (both overt and discrete, from risk management, to contingency planning, to armed security etc.) and the benefits and consequences that these solutions bring forth.


Andres Kruesi, Delegate to the Armed Forces, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Melker Malbeck, Security Expert, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Linda Poteat, Senior Program Manager for Disaster Response, InterAction

John Blackton, Senior Strategic Advisor, Creative Associates

Doug Brooks, President, IPOA

Questions to address:

1. How do organizations change or adapt to carry out development projects in situations where violent conflict is ongoing? How is the security approach altered?

2. What are the ranges of services provided by the private sector and how could these benefit operations in conflict/post-conflict environments (CPCs)?

3. What are the implications and concerns surrounding NGOs and private firms integrating security into their operations?

4. What effect does employing the private sector have on neutrality, and how could it compromise operations?

5. What actions are required to foster effective cooperation between NGOs or private firms and security providers?

May 9, 2006, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Where: The Army Navy Club

901 17th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20006

IPOA welcomes your attendance.
Please RSVP to Catalina Lemaitre at clemaitre@IPOAonline.org or via phone at +1 (202) 464-0721 by April 28, 2006.
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