Mitra is a Sanskrit word meaning friend or ally, still used formally in modern South Asia and beyond.  We chose the name Mitra because we want to strengthen connections between the military and development communities, not just through coordination but as true allies in tackling the complexity of fragile states. We’re not afraid of ideas that require a little explaining across the diverse communities of practice with which we engage. Translating meaning and ideas across boundaries is what we’re good at, even with our name.

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