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Anthony Zinni's 20 Principles of Peacemaking and Humanitarian Intervention
by Jeremy at 5:54 pm EDT, Apr 11, 2004

1. The earlier the involvement, the better the chances for success.

2. Start planning as early as possible and include everyone in the planning process.

3. If possible, make a thorough assessment before deployment.

4. In the planning, determine the center of gravity, the end state, commander's intent, thorough mission analysis, measures of effectiveness, exit strategy, cost-capturing procedures, estimated duration, etc.

5. Stay focused on the mission and keep the mission focused. Line up military tasks with political objectives; avoid mission creep; allow for mission shift.

6. Centralize planning and decentralize execution during the operation.

7. Coordinate everything with everybody. Set up the coordination mechanisms.

8. Know the culture and the issues.

9. Start or restart the key institution(s) early.

10. Don't lose the initiative/momentum.

11. Don't make enemies. If you do, don't treat them gently. Avoid mindsets.

12. Seek unity of effort/command. Create the fewest possible seams.

13. Open a dialogue with everyone. Establish a forum for each individual/group involved.

14. Encourage innovation and nontraditional approaches.

15. Personalities often are more important than processes.

16. Be careful who you empower.

17. Decide on the image you want to portray and stay focused on it.

18. Centralize information management.

19. Seek compatibility in coalition operations. Political compatibility, cultural compatibility, and military interoperability are crucial to success.

20. Senior commanders and staffs need the most education and training for nontraditional roles. The troops need awareness and understanding.

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