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The Knowledge Hub is your comprehensive pool of publicly available resources on civilian crisis management. It offers policy and research papers, analyses, reports, recommendations as well as media files and links to relevant other websites or platforms. The CoE is constantly expanding the scope of resources and welcomes suggestions for inclusion of specific resources through the upload centre.

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  • National Systems and Frameworks of Secondment
  • National Career Path Development

What Works in Career Path Development for Freelancers in Civilian CSDP missions

Based on individual interviews with EU Member States and a workshop jointly organised by DCAF and Ireland chairing a cluster discussion on career path development, this report presents good practices for freelancers' secondment in civilian CSDP missions.
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  • Civilian CSDP Compact Implementation
  • Civilian CSDP - JHA Cooperation
  • Civil-Military Cooperation / Mini-Concepts
  • Climate and Security
  • Knowledge Management
  • National Systems and Frameworks of Secondment
  • National Career Path Development
  • Training Alignment and Leadership Capacity Building
  • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP
  • Technology and Research, Development, Innovation

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 civilian CSDP Compact, meaningfully inform the emerging Strategic Compass (SC).
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  • Strategic Communication
  • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

Infographic: Peace and Security in the EU

In this report, you will find infographics depicting the EU’s actions in peace and security that can be used for strategic communication purposes. 
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  • National Systems and Frameworks of Secondment
  • Strategic Communication

German Civilian Experts in International Peace Missions (in German)

This is an example of portraying secondees and their activities in the form of a feature with interviews and short descriptions. Although it is in German, it can be used as an inspiration for a communications activity.
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  • Training Alignment and Leadership Capacity Building

Workshop Report: Setting Leaders Up to Succeed!

At the Annual EAPTC Conference 2021 the European Centre of Excellence for Civilian Crisis Management (CoE) conducted the workshop “Setting Leaders Up to Succeed!”, which key take-aways are summed up in this report.
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  • Civil-Military Cooperation / Mini-Concepts
  • Gender Mainstreaming and Increasing Women’s Representation
  • Training Alignment and Leadership Capacity Building
  • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

Handbook on CSDP: The Common Security and Defense Policy of the European Union

The fourth edition of the handbook provides a complete, detailed, and current analysis of the European Union's Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP).  It compiles texts from different experts involved in CSDP and presents its context, goals, stakeholders, and processes.
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  • National Systems and Frameworks of Secondment
  • Training Alignment and Leadership Capacity Building
  • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

Effective Crisis Management: Recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on Crisis Management

In March 2020, a parliamentary committee was set up and tasked to make Finland’s crisis management activities more effective and to ensure better use of resources and sufficient participation volumes. The report of the committee is an example of Member State's policy developments and concrete objectives on crisis management.
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  • Civilian CSDP Missions

The European Union Training Mission in the Central African Republic: An Assessment

This SIPRI Background Paper provides an overview of the European Union Training Mission in the Central African Republic (EUTM RCA) and assesses its impact on the country’s conflict dynamics since it was established in 2016. This paper analyses EUTM RCA’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 five recommendations to augment the future impact of the mission. .
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  • Strategic Communication

Take back the analysis: Five things you can actually learn about a conflict context from social media

This article outlines five key ways in which social media analysis – both automated and manual – can be a useful tool in understanding a conflict context, including the main narratives and sentiments circulating among social media users, as well as the prevalence and role of mis- and dis-information and hate speech.
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  • Strategic Communication

A Global Partnership, Shaping the Debate on More Effective Peace Operations

This communication strategy has been developed by the International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations, a global partnership of 50 stakeholders hosted by Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA). It is intended to serve as a guide and tool for Challenge Forum partners, helping them to use communication clearly and effectively, with the overall aim of helping deliver the forum’s strategy 2019-2023. It can be used as a model for the development of a communication strategy for other international organisations.
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