Culture and human terrain (JDN 4/13)

Provides an understanding to military and cultural specialists on operations of the sigificance of culture.


Joint Doctrine Note 4/13: culture and human terrain


All conflict is about people; their behaviours, attitudes, fears, social structures, family and ideological ties and narratives. Understanding the human dimensions of conflict is therefore a critical determinant in preventing conflict, shaping it and influencing the actors involved.

Joint Doctrine Note (JDN) 4/13 provides a broad understanding of the significance of culture to the military and practical guidance for cultural specialists on operations.

Published 16 October 2013
Last updated 8 November 2013 + show all updates
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