Activities and Initiatives

Civilian CSDP Compact

Since the EU Global Strategy of 2016, civilian missions under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) have been high on the European agenda. A new “Civilian CSDP Compact” is to be negotiated in 2018. The new initiative will focus on revising the existing priorities (“Feira priorities”), adapting the CSDP structures and its capacities and improving the EU’s responsiveness to new challenges and threats.

The DGAP research project aims to support the EU initiative “Strengthening Civilian CSDP” and the formulation of a “Civilian CSDP Compact”. Studies, workshops, policy papers and an expert conference will serve to develop research-based recommendations and inform the policy makers involved. The project focusses on conceptual and practical aspects of the “Civilian CSDP Compact” and the capabilities required. The strategic relevance of the civilian CSDP vis-à-vis other actors and institutional frameworks will also be analysed.

Counter-terrorism (CT)/Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE)

As part of the National Programme to Prevent Islamist Extremism (NPP), the DGAP analyzes trends and developments in the field of prevention. It is establishing the International Forum for Expert Exchange on Countering Islamist Extremism (InFoEx) in cooperation with the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). InFoEx is focused on tertiary prevention and aimed at researching prevention practices and analyzing expert discourses on the issue in Germany and abroad. The findings are discussed at international expert conferences and in scientific publications. 

Project “Key Trends Affecting the European Defence Technological Industrial Base”

The “Key Trends Affecting the European Defence Technological Industrial Base (EDTIB)” project, commissioned by the European Defence Agency (EDA), started in November 2017.It aims to provide fresh analysis on the state of the EDTIB and its possible evolution in light of recent regional and global developments.

The research will provide a comprehensive assessment of the European defence industry landscape by examining the key trends, challenges and opportunities affecting the EDTIB, from both regional and global perspectives, and relevant European governments’ policies and defence industrial strategies.It will also consider the possible impact of recent EU initiatives, including the European Defence Fund and Permanent Structured Cooperation, on the EDTIB.The project will use quantitative statistics to underpin the analysis.

The Consortium selected by the EDA is led by the International Affairs Institute (Istituto Affari Internazionali – IAI) and comprises two other European think tanks – the Netherlands Institute of International Relations (Clingendael Institute) and the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques - IRIS). The Consortium also sees the participation of Associate Experts from theGerman Council of Foreign Relations (Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Auswärtige Politik - DGAP), the EU Institute for Strategic Studies (EUISS), the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS).

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