D1.5 IECEU Conceptual Framework

D1.5 IECEU Conceptual Framework

Lead beneficiary: SaferGlobe

Delivery date: 09/11/2015,

Revised version: 02/05/2016

Revision: 6.0

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Executive Overview:

Comparative study of conflict prevention and crisis management missions and operations on any extensive scale is very rare; especially, where lessons are sought to enhance an understanding of how their effectiveness can be improved. Task 1.5, which culminates in this deliverable, harnesses centuries of combined experience, both theoretical and practical, in crisis management to collaboratively create the conceptual framework of the IECEU-project. This framework will guide the case studies of EU missions and operations in the IECEU but can also act as a guide for other similar studies.

The first part of the deliverable discusses the process of collaborative creation of the conceptual framework. The second part of the deliverable presents the conceptual framework itself. The framework operates on two different analytical levels: field-operational and politico-strategic. These two were chosen from several possibilities (e.g. individual, state, region, global; or strategic, operational, tactical) to highlight the key levels that operations and missions function on. Of the two, the fieldoperational level of analysis is emphasised as the case studies in IECEU are focused on CSDP missions and operations.

The main themes of the IECEU are six capabilities, chosen collaboratively, which are: planning capacity (pc); operational capacity (oc); interoperability (i); competences (c); comprehensiveness (ch); and technologies (tc). Each of these focuses can be analysed from an EU perspective and a non-EU perspective. These capabilities further strengthen comparability through emphasising themes that are countered by all missions and operations. Each of the capabilities can be considered from an EU or a non-EU perspective. The non-EU perspective is comprised of e.g. the local population and the international community; the EU perspective of e.g. EU officials and personnel. The two perspectives overlap and thus provide a good overview of different opinions and viewpoints.

Together the six capabilities and two perspectives constitute the conceptual framework that has 12 modules. As there are two levels of analysis, the total number of modules rises to 24. Each module in the conceptual framework includes examples of research questions to be taken into consideration in the case study implementation. This conceptual framework is simultaneously flexible and rigid. Usefulness in a different context is achieved through flexibility in research question design, where research themes are set, but the researchers have considerable leeway in how research is carried out and what is emphasised in the study. Comparability is ensured through establishing not just research themes but also by the clear, modular and coded framework.