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  • Strategic Communication

Communication as a Strategic Challenge – Media Resonance Analysis of the German Engagement in Mali

This study examines representations by the German Federal Government on its engagement in Mali in German print media and makes recommendations for future communication measures. It is in German, but comes with an executive summary in English outlining its methodology and summarising the recommendations.
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  • Civilian CSDP Missions
  • Climate and Security

Operational Guidelines for Integrating Environmental and Climate Aspects into Civilian CSDP Missions

These guidelines are a follow-up to the 2020 Climate Change and Defence Roadmap and aim to provide a basic toolbox for the integration of environmental and climate aspects into civilian CSDP missions. Their purpose is manifold: to raise awareness in missions, to optimise the use of resources and energy in missions, to integrate environmental security and environmental crime considerations into mission mandates and, in the long term, to provide host states with best practices in greening the security sector.
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  • Gender Mainstreaming and Increasing Women’s Representation

How to Increase the Representation of Women in Civilian CSDP Missions: Compilation of Experiences and Good practices

In 2021 the Cluster led by Finland and Spain and supported by the European Centre of Excellence for Civilian Crisis Management, organised a series of virtual workshops where Member States and EU institutions presented examples of national and EU policies and practices to ensure equal opportunities for women and men seconded to in civilian CSDP missions and to improve gender balance. This compilation of recommendations and actions is an outcome of those workshops.
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  • Civilian CSDP Missions

The European Union Training Mission in Mali: An Assessment

This SIPRI Background Paper provides an overview of the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM Mali) and assesses its impact on Mali’s conflict dynamics since it was established in 2013. The paper analyses EUTM Mali’s main training and advisory activities, before assessing its political and operational impacts. It summarises the main factors that account for the mission’s successes and limitations and makes three recommendations to augment the future impact of the mission.
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  • Civilian CSDP - JHA Cooperation
  • Civil-Military Cooperation / Mini-Concepts
  • Climate and Security
  • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

A Strategic Compass for Security and Defence

The Strategic Compass, approved by the Council of the European Union in March 2022, establishes a common strategic vision for the EU’s security and defence and sets concrete and wide-ranging objectives to achieve these goals in the coming 5-10 years.
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  • Climate and Security

Factsheet: The Nexus between Climate Change and Conflict - What Relevance for Civilian CSDP Missions?

This CoE factsheet outlines the links between climate change and conflict dynamics and highlights relevance of such links for civilian CSDP. This document is a useful starting point for anyone wanting to grasp the climate-conflict nexus and is especially targeted at practitioners working in the realm of civilian CSDP, whether in Member States, Brussels, or civilian CSDP missions.
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  • Civilian CSDP Missions
  • Civil-Military Cooperation / Mini-Concepts

Civil-Military Coordination in UN Integrated Peacekeeping Missions (UN-CIMIC)

This UN policy provides guidance on the role of United Nations Civil-Military Coordination (UN-CIMIC) in UN peacekeeping missions at the operational and tactical levels. UN-CIMIC is a military staff function that contributes to facilitating the interface between military and civilian components.
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  • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

An EU Strategic Approach in Support of Disarmament, Demobilisation, and Reintegration of Former Combatants

Disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of former combatants (DDR) plays an essential role in stabilisation and building lasting peace. DDR is thus an integral part of the EU’s contribution to the non-reoccurrence of violence and to broader stabilisation. This joint communication presents the updated EU DDR policy, drawing on the Global Strategy, the Integrated Approach, and the new EU-wide security sector reform (SSR) framework. It proposes means to support DDR in affected countries and regions in a coordinated, conflict-sensitive manner and in line with international law.
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  • Civilian CSDP Compact Implementation

2021 Council Conclusions on the Civilian CSDP Compact

In this document, the Council of the European Union reaffirms, three years after the adoption of the Civilian CSDP Compact, its commitment to strengthening the civilian branch of the Common Security and Defence Policy.
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  • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

Taking the UN-EU Strategic Partnership on Peace Operations and Crisis Management to the Next Level: Priorities 2022-2024

This EU policy document establishes the priorities for continuing the UN-EU partnership on peace operations and crisis management. It presents eight priorities and proposes action points to operationalise them. Overarching challenges are identified, such as climate change or disruptive technologies.
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