The current dynamics and conduct of armed conflict as well as the absence of effective mechanisms to mediate root causes of conflict and displacement have contributed to a global record high of people in need of protection, including displaced people. The regional dimension of many conflicts requires a strategic operational engagement, ensuring a protection continuum during flight and in situations where civilians are unable to move and seek safety. In October 2017, the Global Protection Cluster convened a round-table of humanitarian agencies, military officials and civil-military coordination experts in Geneva as part of its series of discussions on international humanitarian law to examine why humanitarian civil-military coordination deserves attention in trying to achieve protection outcomes. Rather than focusing on theory the roundtable examined at length the relationship between humanitarians and militaries in practice. The event was part of the GPC discussion series on “International Humanitarian Law and the Protection of Internally Displaced”. The Roundtable provided an opportunity to jointly reflect on the reality of humanitarian response on the ground, through the lens of different actors operating in the same geographical space.

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