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Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence. ‘Smart Power’ Michael G. Smith AO LOWY INSTITUTE 13 May 2009. Agenda. ‘Smart Power’ Whole-of-Government/System Approach Centre’s Initial Work Program Challenges. The Team. Smart Power.

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Asia Pacific Civil-MilitaryCentre of Excellence

‘Smart Power’

Michael G. Smith AO


13 May 2009


‘Smart Power’

Whole-of-Government/System Approach

Centre’s Initial Work Program


The Team

Smart Power

  • ‘... we must use what has been called “smart power” – the full range of tools at our disposal – diplomatic, economic, military, political, legal and cultural – picking the right tool, or combination of tools, for each situation ...’

    • US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, 13 Jan 2009

  • ‘The trauma of fragile states and the interconnections of globalisation require our generation to recognise anew the nexus among economics, governance, and security ... we need to integrate a variety of tools – military, political, legal, developmental, financial, and technical – and a variety of actors, including states, international organisations, civil society and the private sector’

    • World Bank President, Robert B Zoellick, 12 Sep 2008

‘Smart Power’ and the Centre

Peace & Stabilisation Operations


Best Practice

Governance &

the Rule of Law

Disaster Management,

Humanitarian Assistance

& Reconstruction

Conflict Prevention

Sectors of Influence

The Centre’s Contribution to....

  • Disaster Management

State Renewal / Resilience

Good Governance

People Empowerment

Sustainable Peace & Development

Disaster Reduction / Recovery

  • Arms Monitoring and Mine Action







  • Protection of Civilians

  • Protected evacuation

‘Smart Power’

  • Community Empowerment

  • Search and Rescue

  • Disarmament, Demobilisation, Reintegration & Rehabilitation (DDRR)

  • Reconstruction during / after Conflict

  • Security Sector Reform (SSR)





Centre’s Initial Work Program

Role and Responsibilities

Assist relevant departments and agencies by:

Developing a civil-military conceptual framework

Carrying out research

Capturing lessons learned

Developing doctrine

Identifying and facilitating training programs

Furthering best practice on civil-military issues

Advising agencies on civil-military matters

Improving regional civil-military capacity

  • Relevance

  • Knowledge

  • Prevention

  • Holistic approach


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