Lieutenant General Jan Broeks, Director General of the NATO International Military Staff (DGIMS), concluded a short stay in Switzerland with a visit to the Maison de la Paix. GCSP, GICHD and DCAF presented their contributions to NATO, which happen mainly through the Partnership for Peace (PfP) programme.
Colonel (GS) Christian Bühlmann, Head of the Regional Perspectives Programme, presented him the GCSP. He underlined the numerous contributions that GCSP provides directly and indirectly to PfP and NATO. For instance, GCSP was one of the founding members of the Partnership Training and Education Centres (PTEC).
During the following discussions, Gen Broeks expressed his interest for centres activities. He also underlined the advantage one gains through multinational trainings because, after a course, participants have created a long lasting network. He concluded by raising the importance of Humanitarian Law in modern conflicts and the need for an effective reform and governance of the security sector in conflict ridden regions.
According to NATO, the DGIMS “is responsible for the coordination between the decision-making bodies of the Alliance, the two Strategic Commanders, national military from NATO and Partner countries working in Brussels, and the civilian International Staff, that support the Secretary General and the North Atlantic Council, in order for the IMS to provide the best possible policy advice to the to the Military Committee”.