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          • Year: 2014
          • Croatian Civil Capacities for Peace Missions and Operations

          • Gordan Bosanac from Center for Peace Studies, BCSP partner on the project „Building Civilian Capacities from the Western Balkans in Peace Support Operations", analyzes Croatian civil capacities for peace missions and operations.

        • This policy brief provides an overview of the current Croatian policies as well as a legal and institutional framework related to the deployment of civilians in peace mission and operations. It aims to explore the challenges and opportunities for the further development of an existing framework to support the current political interest for civilian capacities that exists in Croatia. The challenges are analysed through state implementation of international development cooperation as a foreign policy tool.

          Three independent preconditions necessary for successful integration of civilians in PMOs are needed; political will, resources and education. Without the political will and true understanding that civilians can significantly contribute to conflict resolution and peace, it is impossible to develop foreign policies which would embrace civilians in PMOs. Also, it was said that before sending the civilians into (post)conflict it is essential to prepare them for the diverse challenges they will face on the ground. The organized education system for civilians basically still does not exist.

          This policy brief is a product of a research project “Cooperation between Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, regional partners and the NUPI - Building Civilian Capacities from the Western Balkans in Peace Support Operations”, project No. SRB-13/0021 financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs throughout 2013-2015.
        • Tags: peace missions, peace operations, Croatia, civilian capacities, peace support operations
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