Department of Peace and Conflict Studies

School of Health and Human Sciences

Please visit the Joint Civil-Military Interaction Network website by visiting this link.

The UNCG Joint Civil-Military Interaction Research and Education Network was established in 2016 by faculty members in Peace and Conflict Studies, a Department of the School of Health and Human Sciences:

  • Dr. Thomas MatyĆ³k (Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University),
  • Dr. Ali Askerov (Ph.D., University of Manitoba),
  • Dr. Yuriy Loboda (Dnipropetrovsk National University, Ukraine)
  •  Stephen Henthorne (Senior Advisor to Directorate of the NATO Accredited Civil-Military Centre of Excellence), and
  • Colonel R. Scott Buran, USMC (Ret) (Non-Lethal Weapons Instructor, Applied Research Laboratory, The Pennsylvania State University).

UNCG JCMI Network is a research and education activity created to investigate issues involving civil-military interaction, and to educate civil and military organizations and actors regarding unity-of-aim in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.

We seek new ways to more effectively deal with the new emergency security challenges of Stabilization & Reconstruction that fall under the auspices of Civil-Military Interaction. Founded in 2013, JCMI transitioned to Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2016. Current affiliations will be maintained and expanded within NATO (HQ/ACT/ACO), the NATO accredited Centers of Excellence community, as well as individual organizations within the Sponsoring and Partner Nations.

The primary mission of the JCMI Center is to create a better understanding of the new vital need for Civil-Military Interaction (CMI), and Civil-Military Co-operation (CIMIC), which should all be coordinated at the core of planning and operations for all civil and military missions. Effective CMI is critical for building functional bridges between Civil & Military partners; as well as greatly enhancing overall mission success for civilian and military participants; mainly in the critical areas of Protection of Civilians, Reduction of Civilian Casualties, Improvement of Non-Lethal Capability for Military Forces, Cultural Property Protection, Religion, Civil/Homeland Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Risk Reduction, Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance; as well as Joint Medical Stability Operations.


The purpose of the UNCG Joint Civil-Military Interaction (JCMI) Research and Education Network is to bring civil and military actors and scholars together to investigate issues impacting civil-military interaction in peacekeeping and humanitarian actions.

JCMI is based on communication, planning, and coordination among international, national, and local non-military actors and military leaders before, during, and post-crisis to facilitate the mutual effectiveness and efficiency of each