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Safe transport of goods during conflict

The transportation of goods during missions to conflict areas is increasingly becoming complex for both humanitarian organizations and the Dutch military. The main reason for this is the increase in the number of actors and political interests in conflict areas.

As a result, it is difficult for both humanitarian organizations and military organizations to identify all actors involved and their main interests. In addition, the objective of many military organizations have changed in recent years. Where they used to function almost exclusively as defensive or offensive force, they are now increasingly more engaged in assistance, stabilization and construction. The researcher, Joep Berendsen, identifies the possibilities for increasing and professionalizing cooperation between humanitarian organizations and the Dutch military, in particular cooperation that is related to the safety and security processes and protocols of transportation of goods in conflict areas. The main research question was: ‘To what extent will the safety and security processes and protocols of transportation of goods in conflict areas provide a basis for cooperation between humanitarian organizations and the Dutch military and what are the preconditions for possible cooperation for both parties?

For more information on the project, please contact Joep Berendsen (joep_berendsen92@hotmail.com)