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Preventing and responding to conflict: developing EU CIVilian CAPabilities for a sustainable peace

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01 December 2015 / 30 November 2018

The EU-CIVCAP project provided a comprehensive, comparative and multidisciplinary analysis of the EU’s capabilities in conflict prevention and peacebuilding in order to identify existing shortfalls. More specifically, the project had three core objectives:

1) To assess EU civilian capabilities for external conflict prevention and peace building
EU-CIVCAP analysed and synthesized existing research in order to generate a clear assessment of EU capabilities for civilian conflict prevention and peacebuilding. The objective of this analysis was to identify shortfalls in civilian capabilities for conflict prevention and peacebuilding. From a comparative perspective, the project evaluated the EU’s record, compared it to that of its Member States and other international actors (UN, OSCE) and assessed the scope for coordination. Moreover, by evaluating the EU’s engagement in two key regions (the Western Balkans and the Horn of Africa) significant insights were generated by EU-CIVCAP.

2) To identify and document lessons learned and best practices in EU conflict prevention and peacebuilding
Drawing on the assessment of the EU’s past and ongoing civilian and military efforts, the project identified and documented empirically grounded lessons, best practices and solutions to better address key challenges in EU conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

3) To enhance future policy practice and research on EU conflict prevention and peacebuilding
The project provided research-based policy recommendations to guide the EU’s future engagement and research in conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

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Foreign Policy


Preventing and responding to conflict: developing EU CIVilian CAPabilities for a sustainable peace

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 653227.
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Project Partners

Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP)
Conciliation Resources (CR)
European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO)
European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC)
Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)
Maastricht University (UMAAS)
Roskilde University
Royal Danish Defence College (RDDC)
Transparency Solutions
University of Aberdeen (UABDN)
University of Bristol

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