Research Report: EU capabilities in conflict prevention and peacebuilding: Challenges, strengths and opportunities of a Whole-of-Society approach

This report provides an overview of the research conducted in the framework of the EU supported Whole-of-Society project (WOSCAP) and draws conclusions on strengths, challenges and opportunities of EU capabilities in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. The first chapter of the report summarizes the main objectives of the programme and the different research activities undertaken. In chapter 2 we briefly present the main findings from the country and desk studies and reflect on the ways the political, social and geopolitical context affects EU capabilities. Chapter 3 reflects on the EU capabilities in three policy clusters: Multi-Track Diplomacy (MTD), Governance Reform (GOV), and Security Sector Reform (SSR). Chapter 4 focuses on the five cross-cutting themes that were selected for this study and that are relevant across the country studies and in each of the policy clusters: coherence, ownership, gender, ICT, and civil-military relations. On the basis of the material presented in chapter 2, 3 and 4, the final chapter first critically assesses EU capabilities to fund, to act and to coordinate / cooperate and moves on with a discussion on how EU capabilities can be enhanced by taking a Whole-of-Society approach.

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