Hylke Dijkstra contributes to European Security and Defence College

Hylke Dijkstra has provided training for the 15th European Security and Defence College (ESDC) High-Level Course in Berlin on 20 January.

He briefed approximately 70 senior military officers, diplomats and EU officials on civilian capacities for EU security missions and chaired a roundtable on the new EU Civilian Compact to improve such capabilities.

The ESDC High-Level Course is an annual year-long programme for senior military officers, diplomats and EU officials aspiring leadership positions within the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). It consists of five residential week-long modules which are organised in Brussels, Berlin, Athens and Sofia. The module in Berlin was about the capacities (civilian and military) that the EU has for external action. It was hosted by the German Federal Academy for Security Policy.

Hylke Dijkstra provided an hour-long briefing how civilian CSDP missions have developed over the last 15 years and what implications these developments have in terms of the required civilian capabilities, such as trained police agents and border guards, but also budget, equipment and mission support. Afterwards, he chaired an interactive roundtable on the Civilian Compact from November 2018, in which EU member states have agreed to increased ambitions in the field of civilian CSDP. The roundtable included participants from the EU services, EU Institute for Security Studies, and the Centre for International Peace Operations in Berlin.

The briefing was based on the findings of the EU-CIVCAP research project (2015-2018), a Horizon 2020 project in which various Maastricht researchers systematically analysed the capabilities required for civilian missions by the EU, United Nations, and Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

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