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    • Civilian CSDP Missions
    • Evaluation

    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
    • 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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    • 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

    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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    • Civilian CSDP Compact
    • Leadership and Management
    • Women, Peace and Security

    Strategy and Action Plan to Enhance Women’s Participation in Civilian CSDP Missions 2021-2024

    The strategy and action plan stems from the 2018 Compact commitment to increase women's representation in civilian CSDP missions. It defines expected outcomes and sets specific targets in a given time frame and identifies four areas of strategic engagement, accompanied by actions and means to monitor progress towards the set targets. It also includes a comprehensive overview of the state of play. The document is useful for anyone interested in the developments in women's equal participation and gender balance in civilian CSDP missions, but it's particularly useful for Member States working on policy-making and implementation on Women, Peace and Security and gender equality more generally.
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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

    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 2018 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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    • 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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