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Laura Garrod

Doctor of Philosophy, (Defence Studies)
Study Completed: 2011
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
The humanitarian and the soldier: Partners in Peace? A study of us and New Zealand-NGO relations

Over the past two decades, military forces and aid workers have found themselves co-existing time and again on unconventional battlefields. Ms. Jacobs-Garrod’s research focused on the relationship between the military and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and its implications for international interventions. Her study identified the strengths and weaknesses of the military-NGO relationship using New Zealand Defence Force and United States Military experiences. While efforts have been made to coordinate their respective missions, the relationship between the military and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) remains ad hoc. Ms. Jacobs-Garrod demonstrated that this improvisational approach to military-NGO relations yields uneven and, often, inefficient results in responses to complex emergencies. Additionally, her dissertation offers practical recommendations to improve military-NGO relations and, in turn, international responses to complex emergencies.

Professor Glyn Harper
Associate Professor Bethan Greener