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    • Civilian CSDP Missions

    European Union Common Security and Defence Policy Missions and Operations Annual Report 2022

    The report provides an overview of all 21 military and civilian CSDP operations and missions. For each mission, it describes their mandate, considering recent developments, and summarises their achievements and activities. The report also makes mention of regional developments of the environment in which the missions are conducted – the Eastern neighbourhood, the Western Balkans, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and Central and Southern Africa.
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    • Civilian CSDP Missions
    • Strategic Communication

    Enhancing the Capabilities of CSDP Missions and Operations to Identify and Respond to Disinformation Attacks

    This study, published by the European Parliament, analyses disinformation campaigns against CSDP missions and operations with case studies on the missions in Georgia, Moldova, and Mali. The authors find that disinformation campaigns do not systematically target missions but threaten them in broader campaigns against EU influence in host countries. To counter them the study recommends a more cohesive and proactive approach making use of strategic communication tools to protect EU credibility and legitimacy with local audiences and actors.
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    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    Implementation of the Common Security and Defence Policy – Annual Report 2022

    In this annual report, adopted by the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), on the state of CSDP, the European Parliament underlines the goals and tools established with the Strategic Compass as part of EU’s answer to the drastically changed security situation in Europe in 2022 and beyond. It assesses the defence initiatives of the EU and the implementation of the civilian CSDP Compact among other things.
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    • Civilian CSDP Compact
    • Civilian CSDP Missions
    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    Report from the CoE Civilian CSDP Autumn Forum in Brussels

    On 27-28 October 2022, upon invitation from the CoE, representatives from 25 EU Member States (MS), SecDefPol, CPCC, ISP and FPI gathered to continue discussions on a new Level of Ambition (LoA) for civilian CSDP against the backdrop of the negotiations of the new Civilian CSDP Compact to be adopted in May 2023. You will find on this page the report of discussions and additional documents that were shared during the event.
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    • Civil-Military Cooperation

    Civilian – Military CSDP Cooperation in the Context of the EU Integrated Approach: How to Adapt and Enhance to Face New Security Scenarios

    In this article, Dr. Volker Jacoby, founding director of the European Centre of Excellence for Civilian Crisis Management, explains the agreed political framework, outlines recent steps, frames the challenges and recommends concrete steps to increase civilian-military CSDP cooperation.
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    • Civilian CSDP Compact
    • National Systems and Frameworks of Secondment
    • Women, Peace and Security

    Delivering the Compact: Towards a More Capable and Gender-Balanced EU Civilian CSDP

    This SIPRI research paper examines the progress made in the secondment of personnel and representation of women in CSDP missions since the adoption of the 2018 Civilian CSDP Compact. Its analysis is supported by an extensive review of mission's human resources reports and gender-disaggregated statistics. Based on the current implementation of the 2018 Compact and its lessons learned, it provides recommendations for the 2023 CSDP Civilian Compact.
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    • Civilian CSDP Missions
    • Leadership and Management
    • Women, Peace and Security

    Women in Multilateral Peace Operations in 2022: What is the State of Play?

    This infographic looks at the data on women's representation in multilateral peace operations (UN peace operations, EU CSDP missions and operations, and OSCE field operations) over the period 2013-2022. It aims to monitor progress and improve transparency in order to inform the debate on the future of the Women, Peace and Security agenda and refine strategies to address potential gaps.
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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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    • Career Path Development

    Conceptualisation of National Career Path Development

    This document provides CoE’s conceptualisation of its priority C – National Career Path Development. In a concise manner, it demonstrates the relevance of the topic in connection to the Civilian Compact implementation, different understandings of national career path development in view of civilian CSPD, as well as offers an overview of the different thematic pillars CoE has identified as aspects affecting national career path development of Experts.
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    • Career Path Development

    Summary: CoE Questionnaire on National Career Path Development

    This summary is a follow-up to the CoE-questionnaire sent out to its members in February and March 2022. It summarises the most important findings regarding the members' work on National Career Path Development on the basis of responses from seconding ministries and agencies.
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