Tanja Bernstein and Alischa Kugel
Conflict prevention is often seen as an activity undertaken at the national level with key actors involved residing in capitals or neighboring states. More and more, practitioners are focusing on local conflict dynamics, realizing the importance of addressing these conflicts as part of a wider conflict prevention strategy.
Since the adoption of its Global Strategy in 2016, European foreign and security policy has been in transition. In the Sahel, missions are being “regionalized,” the topic of migration management is gaining in importance, and there are significant structural changes in the works in Brussels. In addition, there is also a completely new instrument in the EU’s crisis management portfolio: the so-called “stabilization action” in Mali which is the first operationalization of Article 28 of the Treaty of Lisbon.
New ZIF Policy Briefing: Operationalizing Conflict Prevention - Peace and Development Advisors in Non-mission Settings
This map offers a comprehensive overview of the peace operations deployed by the UN, EU, AU, OSCE, and other organizations.
A comparison with last year’s edition shows a moderate decline in the number of personnel deployed worldwide. This is largely due to the closures of the UN operation in Côte d’Ivoire and the EU operation in Afghanistan, as well as the downsizing of several other UN missions. Another notable development is the growth of the personnel numbers deployed in UN Special Political Missions.
„Is everything going according to plan? Can the elections take place? What about security?”, Mechthild Henneke and Reinhold Osterhus ask the captain of the Columbian Air Forces nagging questions. They are sitting in a gym in the Upper Franconian village of Rödelmaier, however within the reality of the training scenario the village is located in the fictional country of Obsidia.
The training „Blue Flag“ should train 23 soldiers from Germany, Columbia, Zambia and other countries to become „Military Experts on Mission” (MEoM).