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        • The main finding is that there is a vast, untapped potential in Serbia for a more proactive involvement of its civilian capacities1 (CivCaps) in missions abroad; yet, the lack of clear foreign policy goals, coupled with the lack of initiative and coordinating efforts on the part of MoFA, impedes their adequate usage. Lastly, recommendations for increasing existing training capacities and establishing two potential rosters of experts are provided.

          This policy brief analyzes the legislative framework that regulates international cooperation and contribution to peace operations of the Serbian defense forces and, based on interviews with representatives of state institutions, it identifies the key practical challenges these institutions are facing in order to create a more conducive environment for a more proactive civilian contribution. The roles of relevant stakeholders, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Serbian Armed Forces and the Police are examined, including an initial overview of the untapped civilian resources from other branches of the Government. In addition to this, potential pools of experts for civilian mission are identified in the civil society sector and among the staff of the international organizations operating in Serbia.

          Publication is part of the project „Building Civilian Capacities from the Western Balkans in Peace Support Operations“. 

        • Tags: peace support operations, civilian capacities, Serbia, Marko Milošević, Bojan Elek
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