The IECEU (Improving the Effectiveness of Capabilities in EU Conflict Prevention) is a project aspiring to enhance the conflict prevention capabilities of the EU. In the analysis of some 1000 pages of study reports including over 200 interviews and a quantitative survey to identify lessons, five central findings on EU’s crisis management were made. They are briefly represented in this policy brief.
Firstly, variability in CSDP both between and within missions and operations is large. All missions and operations are mixtures of strengths and weaknesses. Secondly, Strengthening strategic planning mechanisms for adaptation to changing circumstances is needed. Thirdly, specifically mandate creation and incorporation of lessons learned into planning processes could be strengthened. Fourth, support is also needed for on-going development of communication mechanisms, HR processes, civilian-military and civilian-civilian interoperability, standardization, and CSDP specific technologies and programs. Fifth, EU’s strengths in crisis management are its ability to work with multiple partners and the expertise of its personnel.
IECEU’s Five Findings from the Comparative Analysis of EU’s Crisis Management / Series: Policy Brief / Number: 3/2017 / Author(s): Maria Mekri, Kari Paasonen. Publisher: SaferGlobe / Year of publication: 2017 / 4 pages / Layout: A4, colour / ISBN: 978-952-6679-13-6 (print), 978-952-6679-12-9 (pdf)