III. Non – military actors
3.7. Local actors and authorities
This broad category of non-military actors includes the governing authorities of the nation(s) directly impacted by NATO operations. Local actors are the group of all people and organizations that reside in the mission area and are originally from that country/area. They may include authorities at the national, regional and local level, and will usually include civil society organizations, local media, informal leaders (local powerbrokers), civil society groups, semi-official authorities and religious leaders respected by the local population.
Local actors, like the international community, are very diverse and cannot be regarded as a single entity. One should also be aware of the fact that local actors are not merely passive objects of transformation and recipients of international assistance. They have ownership and their own motivation to resolve the conflict. The effort of the international community is, or should be, aimed at helping to enhance their resilience.