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    • Civilian CSDP Compact
    • Civilian CSDP Missions
    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    Level of Ambition for Civilian CSDP: Past and Present in Terms of Type, Number and Size

    The Strategic Compass, approved on 21 March 2022, says that “we will further strengthen our civilian CSDP through a new Compact that will provide objectives on the type, number and size of civilian missions.” This paper aims to provide an informal baseline of past and present Level of Ambition (LoA) for civilian CSDP in terms of type, number and size in order to facilitate Member States’ informal and formal discussions on the topic as part of agreeing on a new Civilian CSDP Compact in early summer 2023.
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    • Leadership and Management
    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP
    • Women, Peace and Security

    Report on the Follow-up Baseline Study on Integrating Human Rights and Gender Equality into the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy

    This report assesses the progress made five years after the first ever baseline study on integrating human rights and gender equality into the European Union’s CSDP. Its purpose is to provide data to inform missions' and operations’ planning and review processes.
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    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    The EU’s Civilian Headquarters: Inside the Control Room of Civilian Crisis Management

    This is the first study to provide a comprehensive timeline and examination of the development and inner workings of Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC). It analyses its creation, its primary functions as the HQ of the EU’s civilian crisis management operations, and ways for CPCC to grow and evolve. It provides a useful guide to understanding the command structure of civilian CSDP, the management and planning of missions, and areas for further development of the institution.
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    • Civilian CSDP - JHA Cooperation
    • Civil-Military Cooperation
    • Climate and Security
    • CSDP Partnerships, Partner Countries and Third States
    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Civilian CSDP Compact
    • Civilian CSDP - JHA Cooperation
    • Strategic Communication
    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    The Internal - External Security Nexus

    This paper seeks to contribute to the operationalisation of cooperation between the realms of civilian CSDP and JHA, by shining light on the different understandings of the term, both conceptually and operationally, and on the risks of and obstacles for operationalisation. The paper also provides a number of policy recommendations.
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    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    Council Conclusions on Enhancing Preparedness, Response Capability and Resilience to Future Crises

    In the context of the COVID-19 crisis and its effects on the EU and the internal market, these council conclusions aim at paving the way to establish a better prepared responses to future crises of various nature.
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    • Civilian CSDP Compact
    • Civil-Military Cooperation
    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    The EU’s Strategic Approach to CSDP Interventions: Building a Tenet from Praxis

    The article analyses the strategic and concrete approach of the EU and EU Member States to crisis management in the CSDP framework. In particular, it investigates the creation of objectives for CSDP interventions by exploring the way they have been developed, practised and interpreted by practitioners working in the CSDP framework.
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    • Career Path Development
    • Civilian CSDP Compact
    • Civilian CSDP - JHA Cooperation
    • Civil-Military Cooperation
    • Climate and Security
    • Knowledge Management
    • National Systems and Frameworks of Secondment
    • Research, Development, Innovation and Technology
    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP
    • Training

    Compact 2.0: Integrating Civilian CSDP into the Strategic Compass

    This paper outlines key aspects of civilian crisis management that should form the basis of what has been termed the Compact 2.0. The paper argues that this Compact 2.0 should, alongside the 2018 civilian CSDP Compact, meaningfully inform the emerging Strategic Compass (SC).
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