In recent years, Germany has become one of the most important international actors in the field of civilian stabilization – and one of the largest donors. Civilian stabilization has the potential to become a central pillar of German foreign and security policy in regions affected by conflict. Because this goes hand in hand with Germany’s political aspiration to play an active role in circumstances of fragile statehood and government, it entails a variety of risks. For all relevant stakeholders to have the capacity to act successfully despite these risks, all of those involved must work together in a well-informed manner, taking an integrated approach along the triple nexus of humanitarian aid, development cooperation, and peacebuilding.
The project “Civilian Stabilization and the Peace-Security Nexus” aims to strengthen understanding for stabilization as a policy field and empower the various stakeholders to discuss related problems. In the process, it seeks to enrich the public foreign policy debate over the long term. The project’s research is intended to review previous experiences with German stabilization practice to initiate or further develop points for interdepartmental and interministerial reflection and learning processes. It should also make the topic of stabilization more politically appealing. In this way, the project should increase the effectiveness and efficiency of German stabilization efforts as well as strengthen the cooperation of national actors in a sustainable way.