The course is aimed to fully engage students into the complexity of the current and more relevant geo-strategic scenarios; enhance CIMIC personnel skills & capabilities to comprehend the new challenges of modern Theatres of Operations from hybrid threats to mass migrations, from Climate change to Trans-national criminal activities; provide students the knowledge and competences to fulfill their role.
Pre-registration page will be closed the 19th Aug 2022 - 12:00 hrs.
Aim of the course
The course is aimed to fully engage participants in the complex dimension of the current and more relevant geo-strategic scenarios and to enhance CIMIC personnel skills& capabilities to comprehend the cross-cultural dimension of modern theatres of Operations thus enabling the establishment of a liaison rapport between military actors and the ample complex and cross-cultural domain of non-military actors across the whole area of operation. The course also analyzes the challenges of bridging different professional “cultures” especially when liaising the military dimension to the complex and diverse dimension of the international and national organizations and agencies all committed in the response to a crisis. As this course is considered an advanced educational module, course attendees are required to attend the CIMICLiaison Course (CLC) prior to applying to the CIAL.
The CIMIC Intercultural and Advanced Liaison Course (CIAL), built-in close cooperation with relevant academic actors,is designed to remain flexible and modular in nature to better adapt to the new constantly and rapidly evolving scenarios. Additionally, the course will also benefit from the experience of subject matter experts who have performed liaison activities in cross-cultural scenarios.
The four, intertwined pillars of this educational tool are:
Ø Understanding of the Geo-strategic context and anthropological
Ø Advanced Communication& Negotiation skills
Ø Advanced civil-military liaison and engagements
Ø Psychological, and sociological principles
The educational methodology is based on theoretical lectures aimed to achieve interactive participation, case study analysis both in the individual and group forms, topic discussion in syndicate groups and plenary sessions, application of techniques through the development of practical exercises in syndicate groups. The student’s evaluation will be based upon the results of the practical exercises and a final written test.
- NATO challenges and perspective of the current geostrategic context;
- Social anthropology Principles;
- Applied Anthropology (CIMIC implication of building &management of a Social network);
- Geographical and socio-cultural dynamics;
- Case study and in-depth analysis on specific Geo-Strategic areas –Balkans;
- Case study and in-depth analysis on specific Geo-Strategic areas –Middle East;
- Case study and in-depth analysis on specific Geo-Strategic areas –North Africa and Sahel;
- Case study and in-depth analysis on other potential specific GeoStrategic areas of interest;
- Advanced communication strategies and & Negotiation techniques;
- Communication & Negotiation across intercultural contexts;
- Intercultural Communication & Negotiation applied to CIMICcontext;
- Intercultural Communication through a Language Assistant;
- The importance of active listening, from empathy to exotopy;
- The biological and cultural basis of human behavior;
- The importance of gestures in different cultures;
- Understand main factors of stress connected to the specific role. Learn how to discover and handle stress factors;
- Capability to read own and other emotions, understand and identify the emotional impact during an activity, effectively develop and manage a relationship in accordance to the specific context
- NATO Civil-Military Cooperation liaison concept and establishment of a liaison architecture;
- Understanding the notification system used by humanitarian and development actors and other non-military actors;
- Liaison between different professional “cultures”;
Case studies on cross-cultural liaison in mission areas.
Theory: Formal/informal lectures of 50 minutes aimed at the second and third cognitive level of instruction.
Practice: Syndicate work in the form of a discussion/exercise covering the daily subjects.
External contributions: Guest Speakers, Guest Instructors
Upon completion of the course students must be able to:
- Define the NATO challenges in the current geostrategic context;
- Understand cross-cultural domains in specific geo-strategic areas;
- Develop an effective liaison and relationship across different human and professional cultures on behalf of the military contingents;
- Apply an anthropological model to build& manage a social network;
- Balance cleverly empathy & isotopy as communication tools;
- Interact with the civil dimension making use of communication and negotiation principles & techniques;
- Increase communication and negotiation strategies in cross-cultural environments;
Cooperate with the military staff using integrated procedures together with communication & negotiation principles.
The nominees should be military (OR5 and above) or equivalent civilian personnel who are or will be appointed to a CIMIC assignment (liaison) from tactical to strategic level. The course is also open to civilians with a vested interest in civil-military liaison and interaction and intercultural communications;
Previous attendance of the CIMIC liaison course or equivalent liaison module;
Cost-effectiveness: Maximum number of students is 25 and the minimum is 15. These numbers are considered sufficient for answering current NATO training needs in this domain;
English language proficiency as depicted below IAW STANAG 6001: SLP (3/3/3/2).
Military attendees must have attended a military school / academy:
Priority 1 will be given to military personnel assigned or selected for assignment to a CIMIC or CIMIC related appointment in a deployed NATO HQ or unit;
Priority 2 will be given to military personnel assigned or selected for assignment to a CIMIC or CIMIC related appointment in a static NATO HQ or unit;
Priority 3 will be given to military personnel assigned or selected for assignment to a CIMIC or CIMIC related appointment in a National HQ or unit.
Civilian students should have a comparative degree of education:
Priority 1 will be given to IOs/GOs/NGOsRepresentatives.
Any other application will be scrutinized on a case-by-case basis. CVs are suggested to help the selection process. No sponsorship programs exist for this course.
Assessment and grading policy
All participants are expected to uphold the following classroom requirements:
1. Active participation in class and all group work assignments;
2. On time attendance of all sessions (waivers authorized by the Course Director);
3. A multiple-choice test based on the course content will be held during the course.
The final grading list will be issued by the Course Director based on the outcome of the final test (multiple choice, based on the Course content) and the student performance evaluated by the Instructors.
Tuition fee amounts are:
€100,00 for military and civilian MoD personnel belonging toMNCG contributing Nations*;
€150,00 for remaining personnel.
tuition fee has to be paid through bank transfer to the bank account, no later than 3 days before the start of the course. Instruction will be sent to the participants. Tuition fee will not be refunded after the confirmation message.
(*)MNCG contributing Nations are: GREECE, HUNGARY, ITALY, ROMANIA, PORTUGAL & SLOVENIA.
NATO, EU, or other Multinational HQs personnel, are not considered Partnership Nation members, independently of their own nationalities.
Please be aware that pre-registration page will be closed the 19th Aug 2022
General logistics information
All Italian military personnel will be accommodated in barracks quarters unless differently indicated.
The rest of the participants must use the hotel. MNCG will provide a list of hotels that grant special fares to MNCG students. The hotels listed by MNCG will be connected to the course premises by free daily shuttle bus(*).
Unless differently communicated, hotel booking remains a student responsibility.
(*) if allowed by covid-19 safety procedures.
Travel arrangements and costs are a student responsibility, including visa arrangement procedures for non-EU citizens.
We recommend you to contact your National Authorities to find out what immigration provision applies to you.
To enter Italy, please have a look at the national instruction at the following link:
Special transportation instructions in accordance with the standing COVID-19 safety procedures will be issued in due time.
Every participant is required to check with his/her country’s appropriate authorities whether he/she needs a VISA for entering Italy. No invitation letters can be provided by this HQ;
Combat uniform for military personnel, smart casual/casual for civilians.
The course content is “Non-sensitive information releasable to the public”.
Medical Assistance is granted free of charge for EU nationals through the European Health Insurance Card or through proper document (contact your own national Health Service).
Non-EU Citizens are advised to stipulate Medical insurance for the whole period.
We inform you that it is mandatory to have a valid COVID-19 Vaccination Certification "Green pass" to enter in MNCGbarracks.
A confirmation message will be sent to the selected students after the selection board. Please do not book any flights or hotels before receiving the confirmation message.
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