IECEU Blog

  • Article in Contemporary Military Challenges, an interdisciplinary scientific and technical publication published by Slovenian Armed Forces.

    Article in Contemporary Military Challenges, an interdisciplinary scientific and technical publication published by Slovenian Armed Forces.

    Ivana Boštjančič Pulko, Centre for European Perspective – CEP; Johanna Suhonen and Kari Sainio, Finnish Defence Forces International Centre, have published an article in Contemporary Military Challenges, an interdisciplinary scientific and technical publication published by Slovenian Armed Forces. Article, “Assessing the planning and implemention of EU mission and operation: Case Study of EUFOR Althea in[...]Read More »
  • IECEU organises Advisory Board Meeting in December 2015

    IECEU organises Advisory Board Meeting in December 2015

    IECEU -project will organise its first official Advisory Board (AB) meeting in Brussels (Belgium) beginning of December 2015. Ten (10) invited members will join the one-day meeting. The first meeting will include the joint review of first IECEU results, such as IECEU Conceptual Framework for analysing the CSDP Missions and Operations. Moreover, the Advisory Board[...]Read More »
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    A team of three researchers from the Kennedy Institute,  Maynooth University  travelled to Afghanistan earlier this month for an IECEU field study that will provide new insights into Europe’s peacebuilding mission in the region.  The team evaluated the role played by the European Police (EUPOL) in supporting efforts in Afghanistan to build a civilian police[...]Read More »
  • INSIGHTS INTO OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY

    INSIGHTS INTO OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY

    INSIGHTS INTO OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY IECEU identified operational capacity as leadership, training, organisational structures and decision-making processes, human resources, technologies, mission funding, culture, security, housing and procurement. Operational capability of the CSDP missions and operations usually strongly depends on both internal and external factors – external factors depending strongly on the specifics of the country where[...]Read More »
  • The EU needs a continent of pooling and sharing for its security – not only little islands

    The EU needs a continent of pooling and sharing for its security – not only little islands

    The EU needs a continent of pooling and sharing for its security – not only little islands The analyses of the effectiveness of Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) – crisis management operations, implemented by the IECEU-project, also researched the current initiatives of pooling and sharing of capabilities (P&S) and how it is perceived at[...]Read More »
  • 3rd IECEU Advisory Board meeting was organised in Brussels 30th May 2017

    3rd IECEU Advisory Board meeting was organised in Brussels 30th May 2017

    3rd IECEU Advisory Board meeting was organised in Brussels 30th May 2017. The results of effectiveness analysis and lessons identified were presented to Advisory Board members. Advisory Session concluded the initial comments on IECEU lessons identified as well as provided guidance on relevant dissemination channels to present the final recommendations. The research and external analysis[...]Read More »
  • IECEU consortium partner Nina Pejič, representative of the University of Ljubljana, gave a lecture Friday, May 12th in Butmir

    IECEU consortium partner Nina Pejič, representative of the University of Ljubljana, gave a lecture Friday, May 12th in Butmir

    IECEU consortium partner Nina Pejič, representative of the University of Ljubljana, gave a lecture Friday 12 May in Butmir to a group of 12 international students from 4 countries visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina as a part of a study trip in the framework of their study subject of International Conflict Management. The lecture was given[...]Read More »
  • Press Release, IECEU – Increasing interoperability is a key mechanism for the CSDP to improve its efficiency

    Press Release, IECEU – Increasing interoperability is a key mechanism for the CSDP to improve its efficiency

    Increasing interoperability is a key mechanism for the CSDP to improve its efficiency Interoperability relies on systems being able to both provide and accept services, units, tools and personnel, is the foundation of cooperation and pooling and sharing within crisis management. Poor interoperability or lack of interoperability leads to inefficiency, wasted resources and at the[...]Read More »
  • IECEU policy dialogue Brussels 27.3.2017 (Press release)

    IECEU policy dialogue Brussels 27.3.2017 (Press release)

    IECEU policy dialogue Brussels (27/3/2017) Press release, Nina Pejič, UniLj On 27th March, the IECEU policy dialogue, organized by our Consortium partner AIES – Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy and European Security and Defence College was held in Brussels in the premises of the ESDC. It was attended by seven Consortium partners, AIES,[...]Read More »
  • Article based on research on EUFOR Althea now available also in Bosnian.

    Article based on research on EUFOR Althea now available also in Bosnian.

    Please check the link for further info: http://www.cep.si/ieceu-project-blog/555-eufor-althea-o-ne-efikasnosti-operacije-za-upravljanje-krizom-u-bosni-i-hercegoviniRead More »
  • Field research to Democratic Republic of Congo

    Field research to Democratic Republic of Congo

    Our Consortium partners from Royal Danish Defence College have in February conducted a field research to Democratic Republic of Congo as part of the WP3. Field trip was organized in order to gather, analyze and scrutinize the nature, impact and effectiveness of the four key EU initiatives in DR Congo, namely operation Artemis in 2003; the[...]Read More »
  • Annemarie Peen Rodt, Ph.d. Associate Professor at Royal Danish Defence College, presented a paper on EU crisis management at ISA Annual Convention, Baltimore 22nd – 25th February 2017.

    Annemarie Peen Rodt, Ph.d. Associate Professor at Royal Danish Defence College, presented a paper on EU crisis management at ISA Annual Convention, Baltimore 22nd – 25th February 2017.

    Our Consortium member, Annemarie Peen Rodt, Ph.d. Associate Professor at Royal Danish Defence College has presented a paper on EU crisis management at ISA Annual Convention in Baltimore between 22nd and 25th February 2017. Paper that was submitted and presented carried a title “EU crisis management: a meaningful contribution to preventing (further) violent conflict?” and[...]Read More »
  • EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES JOURNAL

    EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES JOURNAL

    Scientific journal European Perspectives containing five articles based on a H2020 research project Improving the Effectiveness of Capabilities in EU Conflict Prevention – IECEU of the Western Balkans missions, EULEX Kosovo and EUFOR Althea. Guest editor of this edition was Dr Rok Zupančič, while guest view was written by former Slovenian Minister of Defence and[...]Read More »
  • European Association of Peace Operations Training Centres (EAPTC) is holding its 5th Annual Meeting in Helsinki from 2 to 4 May 2017

    European Association of Peace Operations Training Centres (EAPTC) is holding its 5th Annual Meeting in Helsinki from 2 to 4 May 2017

    European Association of Peace Operations Training Centres (EAPTC) is holding its 5th Annual Meeting in Helsinki from 2 to 4 May 2017. Topic of the Meeting is “Addressing the contemporary challenges in multidimensional peace operations – from theory to practice”. The 5th Annual EAPTC Meeting will address some of the key challenges in the peace[...]Read More »
  • First Periodic Review meeting

    First Periodic Review meeting

    First periodic review meeting of the IECEU project took place in Brussels on 29 November. Consortium members analyzed and debated the success and achievements of the project so far with external experts of the Research Executive Agency. IECEU is currently in its month 19, out of 33, and certain achievements have been reached so far.[...]Read More »
  • The second technical review taking place in Brussels

    The second technical review taking place in Brussels

    Today the consortium of IECEU have gathered for the second technical review in Brussels. In this meeting work carried out so far in the project will be assessed and reccomendations regarding the upcoming months will follow. We wish everyone good luck!Read More »
  • AIES introduced IECEU findings in Centre for International Policy Studies

    AIES introduced IECEU findings in Centre for International Policy Studies

      Arnold Kammel, IECEU project partner from AIES – Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy, has in Ottawa at CÉPI – CIPS, participated as a panelist on a round-table titled “South Sudan: Breaking the Conflict Trap? The latest developments & options for Canada”. He shared his experience acquired during the project regarding South Sudan[...]Read More »
  • Advisory Board reviewed IECEU Case Study findings

    Advisory Board reviewed IECEU Case Study findings

    The 2nd Advisory Board (chaired and organized in Brussels) meeting concentrated on IECEU Case Study preliminary findings and creation of IECEU catalogue, Learning Application. As a summary, IECEU –project received valuable advices and feedback from the Advisory Board, which will be implemented to the project working. IECEU Project Coordinator Ms Kirsi Hyttinen; “Advisory Board meeting[...]Read More »
  • Advisory Integration Working Group (IAWG) –meeting took place 13th September 2016 in Finland

    Advisory Integration Working Group (IAWG) –meeting took place 13th September 2016 in Finland

    End user engagement is seen valuable in IECEU –project. We aim to work together with societal actors to align research and results with the needs and expectations of society. The co-creative methods are used among the Consortium meetings as well as during the multi-actor dialogues. The first year of the project IECEU focuses on involving[...]Read More »
  • IECEU newsletter: Case study edition

    IECEU newsletter: Case study edition

    Summer greetings from the IECEU project! Please find attached the newsletter for the Improving the Effectiveness of the Capabilities in EU conflict prevention (IECEU). This second newsletter focuses on case studies conducted as desk reviews and field studies in a total of eight EU Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) missions and operations around the[...]Read More »
  • IECEU field research in Afghanistan

    IECEU field research in Afghanistan

    A team of three researchers from the Kennedy Institute,  Maynooth University  travelled to Afghanistan earlier this month for an IECEU field study that will provide new insights into Europe’s peacebuilding mission in the region.  The team evaluated the role played by the European Police (EUPOL) in supporting efforts in Afghanistan to build a civilian police[...]Read More »
  • Watch our video from the Balkans CSDP round table, validating findings from EULEX Kosovo & EUFOR BIH research!

    Watch our video from the Balkans CSDP round table, validating findings from EULEX Kosovo & EUFOR BIH research!

  • Balkans IECEU round table discussion of experts

    Balkans IECEU round table discussion of experts

    Centre for European Perspective (CEP), University of Ljubljana (Faculty of Social Sciences) and the Finnish Defence Forces International Center (FINCENT) organised a Balkans IECEU round table discussion of experts on 24 May 2016 at CEP premises in Slovenia. Project Improving the Effectiveness of Capabilities in EU Conflict Prevention – IECEU aims to identify best practices[...]Read More »
  • IECEU “Balkans” Round table discussion, 24th May 2016

    IECEU “Balkans” Round table discussion, 24th May 2016

      Centre for European Perspective (CEP), University of Ljubljana (Faculty of Social Sciences) and the Finnish Defence Forces International Center (FINCENT) are organizing an IECEU round table discussion of experts on 24 May 2016 at Jable castle, Mengeš, Slovenia IECEU project aims to identify best practices and lessons learned in CSDP missions and operations by[...]Read More »
  • IECEU field visit to the Palestinian territories and Israel

    IECEU field visit to the Palestinian territories and Israel

    Crisis Management Centre (CMC) Finland participates in the IECEU project by conducting two of a total of eight case studies, focusing on the Palestinian territories and Libya. The study on the Palestinian Territories focuses on the two EU Common Security and Defence policy (CSDP) missions in the area: the European Union Police Mission for the[...]Read More »
  • Field study to South Sudan and EU lessons learnt

    Field study to South Sudan and EU lessons learnt

    The Improving the Effectiveness of Capabilities in EU Conflict Prevention (IECEU) project analyses best practices and lessons learned in the field of EU conflict prevention and peace building capabilities. It searches for new ways of improving the EU crisis management activities by producing a catalogue of practices, new solutions and approaches. The Austrian Institute for[...]Read More »
  • What lessons can EU draw from its engagement in Kosovo?

    What lessons can EU draw from its engagement in Kosovo?

      University of Ljubljana, Centre for European Perspective (CEP) and Finnish Defence Forces International Centre (FINCENT) are currently conducting a broad research on the effectiveness of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo – EULEX.  The study is focusing on EULEX activities in building and reforming the multi-ethnic police and customs service in[...]Read More »
  • Field study in Bosnia and Herzegovina – How the EU could enhance the effectiveness of its stabilization capabilities in BiH?

    Field study in Bosnia and Herzegovina – How the EU could enhance the effectiveness of its stabilization capabilities in BiH?

    As part of the IECEU- project, Finnish Defence Forces International Center (FINCENT), University of Ljubljana and Centre for European Perspective (CEP) are conducting a study on the effectiveness of the EUFOR Operation (Op) ALTHEA. The aim of the study is to analyse the implementation of the mandate of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)[...]Read More »
  • How to manage a complex project succesfully?

    How to manage a complex project succesfully?

    Today’s Europe is full of projects aiming to development, research, innovation and change. How to manage a complex project succesfully? The IECEU Project Management Handbook (PMH) provides an overall understanding regarding project management and implementation. Moreover, PMH will find the solutions for this specific question. PMH is a fundamental working tool that people working on[...]Read More »
  • IECEU Field visits started

    IECEU Field visits started

    IECEU partners FINCENT, University of Ljubljana and CEP Slovenia representatives are this week conducting interviews as part of the field research in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After meeting with Eufor Althea Commander, Major General Luif on Monday, FINCENT also met with NATO Sarajevo HQ Commander. Moreover many other interviews are conducted during the visit. Picture attached.Read More »
  • The first IECEU Newsletter

    The first IECEU Newsletter

    The first Newsletter of IECEU has been published. The IECEU newsletter provides a comprehensive summary of the project findings and an insight into ongoing work. Newsletter January 2016 (pdf)Read More »
  • Initial IECEU understanding of the EU’s current capabilities and practices in crisis management

    Initial IECEU understanding of the EU’s current capabilities and practices in crisis management

    The first IECEU Work Package (WP1) was completed in December 2015. WP1 consisted of five deliverables which defined project methodology and provided an up-to-date review of EU’s external action framework, civilian and military synergies as well as of existing practices in terms of pooling and sharing of conflict prevention related capabilities. Link to the press[...]Read More »
  • The first meetings of IECEU-project external Advisory Board and Ethical Committee were organised during December 2015.

    The first meetings of IECEU-project external Advisory Board and Ethical Committee were organised during December 2015.

    Ethical Committee (EC) meeting was organised 2 December 2015 among external ethical experts. The EC reviews and analyses the IECEU ethical guidelines and ethics issues. Moreover, the EC will provide assessments and recommendations for IECEU Consortium as well as Ethical Approvals. The meeting included fruitful discussions about the key topics of IECEU. Advisory Board (AB)[...]Read More »
  • The NUIM Kennedy Institute wishes to recruit a Research Fellow to work on the IECEU -project

    The NUIM Kennedy Institute wishes to recruit a Research Fellow to work on the IECEU -project

    Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention ” wishes to recruit a Research Fellow to work on the IECEU Horizon 2020 funded project. The successful candidate will work with Professor Robert Galavan and Dr Kieran Doyle predominantly on a review of the current situation in the EU mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL). The objective is to[...]Read More »
  • IECEU – project Methodology Workshop, 27-28 July 2015

    IECEU – project Methodology Workshop, 27-28 July 2015

    On 27-28 July 2015, the IECEU consortium gathered for a methodology workshop in the National Defence University in Helsinki, Finland. The workshop brought together all the IECEU-project partners and selected external experts to discuss and develop solid methodology for the IECEU- project. The established methodology will constitute robust foundations to analyse and compare existing EU[...]Read More »
  • IECEU Kickoff Plenary Session brings together the EU external security actors

    IECEU Kickoff Plenary Session brings together the EU external security actors

    Press release 11 June 2015     The IECEU -project started in the beginning of May 2015. IECEU -project aims towards enchancement of European Union (EU) external activities. The consortium is coordinated by Laurea University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and consists of a diverse group of civilian, research and military organisations reflecting the variety within[...]Read More »
  • IECEU – Improving the Effectiveness of Capabilities in EU conflict prevention –project is launched in May 2015

    IECEU – Improving the Effectiveness of Capabilities in EU conflict prevention –project is launched in May 2015

      This project has received funding from the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation HORIZON 2020 under grant agreement no 653371 Press release 25 May 2015   IECEU – Improving the Effectiveness of Capabilities in EU conflict prevention –project is launched in May 2015   The new project IECEU started in the beginning of[...]Read More »