Carina Böttcher

Research Fellow, Program Security, Defense and Armaments

Areas of Expertise

  • Civilian Crisis Management and Peace Operations
  • EU Common Security and Defence Policy
  • United Nations


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Carina Böttcher works as a research fellow in DGAP’s Security, Defense, and Armaments program since June 2018. She works in the project „Civilian CSDP Compact“. 

Previously, she worked at the Center for International Peace Operations in Berlin and for the Federal Foreign Office, with assignments in Tehran and Bangkok. Other work experience include shorter assignments at the Federal Criminal Office and the UN Operations and Crisis Centre in New York. She completed her Master’s degree in International Relations at Technical University of Dresden.


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Selected Publications

The Relevance of a Strong Civilian CSDP
How EU Member States Can Shape the Civilian Crisis Management Agenda 2018 and Beyond
by Carina Böttcher
DGAPkompakt 21 (October 2018), 5 pp.
The Relevance of a Strong Civilian CSDP
While member states recognize the value of the civilian Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), a strategic EU vision is lacking. In the face of current and future security risks, the EU requires the capacities to launch civilian missions and to manage major crises in its vicinity. To guide the implementation of the Civilian Compact from 2019 on, the EU should set quantitative headline goals and adopt a strategic planning approach, while member states need to create favorable national legislations.
Category: Security, European Union
EU Civilian Crisis Management
How the Union Can Live up to Its Ambitions – or Stumble into Irrelevance
by Hannah Neumann, Carina Böttcher, Christian Mölling, Marie Wolf
DGAPkompakt 15 (July 2018), 6 pp.
EU Civilian Crisis Management
Europe’s security situation has drastically changed. Current challenges can neither be tackled by member states individually, nor by military means alone. A new ambitious process at EU level gives member states the opportunity to improve the EU’s civilian crisis management and answer central questions. Most importantly though, member states need to increase their financial and personal commitments, if they want to prevent this trademark of European foreign policy from drifting into irrelevance.
Category: Security, European Union
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