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    • Civil-Military Cooperation
    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP
    • Training
    • Women, Peace and Security

    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 CSDP. It compiles texts from different experts involved in CSDP and presents its context, goals, stakeholders, and processes.
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    • Research, Development, Innovation and Technology

    Workshop Report: NIP Cluster 6 "Technology and RDI in Civilian CSDP" - Second Meeting

    The second meeting of the NIP Cluster 6 took place on 4 April 2021 and discussed research recommendations of Horizon 2020 projects as well as technological solutions for border management.
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    • Women, Peace and Security

    Workshop Report: Methods and tools for improving gender balance in Missions

    On 26 March 2021, the second Cluster 5 virtual workshop on women’s participation in civilian CSDP Missions was held in the context of the implementation of civilian CSDP Compact. Following up on one of the thematic topics identified for Cluster 5 in the first workshop in January 2021, the March workshop dealt with methods and tools to enhance the recruitment and deployment of women at all levels to improve gender balance in civilian missions. The main objective of the workshop was to share experiences and good practices especially in recruitment and selection processes both at national and EU institutions and in Missions.
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    • Strategic Communication

    Strategic Communication Model

    This Strategic Communication Model, produced by the CoE, includes guidelines and points to consider when developing a communication strategy for civilian CSDP. It can be used as a blueprint to be nationally tailored by EU Member States.
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    • National Systems and Frameworks of Secondment
    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP
    • Training

    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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    • Research, Development, Innovation and Technology

    Workshop Report: NIP Cluster 6 "Technology and RDI in Civilian CSDP" - First Meeting

    In the first NIP Cluster 6 meeting, chaired by the Austrian Foreign Ministry, the general idea of the Cluster was presented. Its objective is, on the one hand, to map potential areas of civilian CSDP that could benefit from technological innovation and, on the other hand, to contribute to the establishment of an informal network between civilian CSDP and RDI actors. These actors could develop projects that may qualify for funding by national or European research programmes, such as Horizon Europe.
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    • Civilian CSDP Missions
    • Evaluation

    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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    • Women, Peace and Security

    Workshop Report: Women's Participation in Civilian CSDP - Setting Up the Scene

    Spain and Finland convened and jointly chaired the first Cluster 5 workshop on women’s participation in civilian CSDP on 15 January 2021. The purpose of the workshop was to set the scene for the cluster and discuss the proposed topics and work plan for the Cluster in 2021-2023. The workshop was attended by seventeen EU Member States representatives and seconding agencies as well as the European External Action Service (EEAS), thus showing a widespread interest in the work of the Cluster.
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