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21 Sep 2018 description

By Emma Bjertén-Günther (SIPRI), Yeonju Jung (SIPRI), Johanna Poutanen (CMI), Silja Grundström (CMI), Maria Ristimäki (CMI)

Major misconceptions continue to weaken efforts to make gender-sensitive peace mediation a reality. Here are six persisting myths standing in the way of progress.

29 Nov 2010 description

European perspectives in the context of Eastern Partnership
Yerevan, 2010
Roxana Cristescu

  • One of the biggest challenges for the international community when addressing territorial conflicts is the difficulty of developing a meaningful strategy of engagement that under international law would encompass both the principle of territorial integrity and of the right for self-determination of people.

08 Jun 2010 description

Executive Summary

Western donor policies directed towards 'peace state- building ' in Africa have not had the desired effect in terms of creating stability, development and human prosperity,  It is evident that the gap between donor rhetoric and empirical realities is widening, Hence, there is a need for critically rethinking approaches to peace and state building.

01 May 2010 description

CMI's heart beats for peace. Our ultimate goal is bringing conflicts to an end so that sustainable peace is achievable. A major part of CMI's work is networking for peace, supporting local decision makers in building stability and encouraging conflict parties to a dialogue. The CMI way of doing things is pulling together international peacebuilding experts and local experience. Over the past decade CMI has gained valuable knowledge of different peacebuilding and conflict solving methods. CMI tailors the models accordingly and turns thinking into action.

01 May 2010 description

Western donor policies directed towards 'peace as state-building' in Africa have not had the desired effect in terms of creating stability, development and human prosperity. It is evident that the gap between donor rhetoric and empirical realities is widening. Hence, there is a need for critically rethinking approaches to peace and state building.

01 Oct 2009 description

The year 2008 was significant for the Crisis Management Initiative. We made progress on many fronts, through pioneering new and effective approaches to conflict resolution and statebuilding. Our private diplomacy and good offices contributed at highest international levels of policy and decision-making.

01 Oct 2009 description

The use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is becoming more and more commonplace around the world and the spread of mobile phones, computers and the internet even to the remotest places of the world is evident. In addition to their intrinsic value, the value of using ICT as a means to achieve more significant development related goals, has been widely recognized. In a post-conflict context the use of ICT is a means of enabling effective and sustainable state-building.

Modern conflicts are often rooted in ineffective and exclusive governance.

01 Feb 2009 description

It is increasingly apparent that effective state-building is critical for global peace and security and that preventing state fragility and supporting state-building are the most important tasks facing the international community today.

Developing Africa into functioning states has become a firm priority of African leaders, African organizations, foreign governments, and multilateral institutions. Yet there is no "one size fits all" road map for African state-building.

01 Nov 2008 description

The purpose of this issue paper is to reflect on the perceptions and understandings of EU policy-makers, members of the European Parliament, and some key peacebuilding and conflict resolution experts, pertaining to the role of international peace mediation, and to provide recommendations on how some of these needs can be addressed in a coherent way.

01 Nov 2008 description

Executive Summary

Due to the complexity of conflicts and crises, many governments and organisations are currently in a process of developing their concepts and approaches for comprehensive crisis management, which have not necessarily been shared with partners. Whilst there is no commonly accepted definition for the 'Comprehensive Approach', there is broad agreement that it implies the pursuit of an approach aimed at integrating the political, security, development, rule of law, human rights and humanitarian dimensions of international missions.

01 Jun 2008 description

This study aims to improve the understanding of information sharing models and interoperability in national, cross-border and international crisis management. The project's four case studies have been chosen to reflect four different types of crisis: natural disaster (Portuguese forest fires), accident (Barents Rescue Exercise), complex emergency (humanitarian assistance in DR Congo) and post-conflict state-building (EU Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina).

01 Jun 2008 description

Information management and information sharing appears to be an ongoing topic in the field of crisis response. Work on this is conducted in many fronts with many different settings. The recent disasters in Burma and China have once again revealed the importance of accurate information for effective response.

01 Jan 2008 description

Highlights of 2007

- Our report "Priorities in Rebuilding Civil Administration in Post-Conflict Countries" injected new ideas for working together on state-building in a challenging environment

- Our work with mediation and gender suggested innovative options for addressing gender issues in peace processes

- Our work with the local partners in the Black Sea region created spaces for dialogue between civil society and authorities

- Our workshop on Transatlantic Crisis Management provided space for EU and US practitioners and policy makers to discuss ways to create …

01 Nov 2007 description

The European Union and the United States are carrying out an increasing number of crisis management missions in response to a variety of conflicts around the world. Turning fragile states into functioning democracies has clearly become one of the most demanding security challenges of our time. Moreover, the environments and circumstances in which crisis management operations are being carried out are ever more complex, interdependent and hazardous.

01 Oct 2007 description

The CMI workshop, Priorities and Sequencing in Rebuilding Civil Administration in Post-Conflict Countries, brought together experts from international organisations and national governments to discuss how best to undertake the process of setting up country-specific priorities and determine the right kind of sequencing required to rebuild civil administration during the post-conflict phase. The representation of a Programme Specialist of the Liberian Government provided a welcomed viewpoint from a national government.

01 Jan 2007 description

Throughout CMI's existence it has worked in the wider arena of "crisis management" - as the name of the organisation stipulates. At the same time, however, it has been clear to everyone involved in CMI's work that there is still a lot of narrowing down to do. Through the strategy revaluation process the organisation has been doing exactly that.

01 Apr 2006 description

CMI has supported the authors of this study to conduct a background report on the institutional capacities of the African Union in the field of peace and security in addition to the key policies that the European Union has developed towards Africa. Due to the short duration and the constant evolution of the relationship between the AU, the RECs and the EU, there are not many up-to-date studies available about the issue.