The APSTA Peacekeeping This Month is pleased to share with you PKSOI’s Stability Operations Lessons Learned and Information Management System (SOLLIMS) Sampler showcasing the value of Strategic Communication / Messaging in Peace & Stability Operations. Along with a selection of thought-provoking lessons, it provides an extensive list of references, reports, and articles that can serve as a “toolkit” for leaders, planners, and practitioners.
It points out that: “New and social media, the diffusion of mobile technology and the speed of communication have recently driven home both the perils and promise of powerful rhetoric…In these increasingly hostile and complex environments, it is perhaps more important than ever … to be able to communicate strategically with both local and international audiences.”
This lesson report not only emphasises the need to prioritize strategic communication / messaging when working in complex environments, It also highlights challenges and approaches from operations across the globe (Eastern Europe, West Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Philippines) covering a range of issues, such as planning, execution, coordination, evaluation, tracking, and partnering, and then draws out suggestions or considerations for use in future operations.
These lessons are worth sharing with military commanders and their staffs, as well as with civilian practitioners having a Stability Operations-related mission or function – those currently deployed on stability operations, those planning to deploy, the institutional Army, the Joint community, policy-makers, and other international civilian and military leaders at the national and regional level.
To download or read online from the source, click here