2017 Atlantic Promise Exercise Ends: Strong Emphasis on Working with Those Affected by Conflict and Disaster

By: David J. Smith, March 20, 2017

The 2017 Atlantic Promise Field Exercise ended March 19.  The four day event was held again this year in Fellsmere, Florida and supported by the City of Fellsmere and local businesses.  In total, 32 graduate students  from George Mason University, Tulane University, Kennesaw State University, Nova Southeastern University, and Wayne State University participated. In addition,  40 role players from the local community and Company C of the 436th Civil Affairs Battalion were involved.

Working with a mother and her child

This year’s simulation emphasized working with populations affected by conflict and disaster.  During the exercise, members of the group International Humanitarian Action  (IHA) were tasked with working with IDPs (internally displaced persons) looking for assistance after a category 4 hurricane and an ongoing civil war.  IHA members were required to set up an IDP camp, conduct intake and assessment, and negotiate for humanitarian space. The exercise emphasized  interpersonal relationship building, conflict awareness, planning and teamwork, and humanitarian engagement.

IDP camp intake

The Atlantic Promise exercise is offered by the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc., a 501c3 entity based in the Washington, DC area.   The exercise is held annually in March.  The Forage Center is considering offering the exercise again in November 2017.

IHA’s mission
Maintaining security and working with the military


Seeing to the needs of an IDP

For more information about the activities of the Forage Center, contact Sarah Lough, Director of Communications at sarah@foragecenter.org or visit foragecenter.org.

Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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