Macedonia’s preparations for civilian contribution to peace operations - the next big thing after the withdrawal from Afghanistan? Cover Image

Macedonia’s preparations for civilian contribution to peace operations - the next big thing after the withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Macedonia’s preparations for civilian contribution to peace operations - the next big thing after the withdrawal from Afghanistan?

Author(s): Specified No Author
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, Civil Society, International relations/trade, Security and defense, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Analytica
Keywords: Macedonia; security; peace; civilian capacities (CIVCAP); policing; media; crisis management and power sharing; legislative and institutional preparations; Afghanistan;
Summary/Abstract: Probably one of the most exploited phrases by politicians from the Western Balkans when talking about issues on defense reform and international security is that the “countries from the region, from peace importers, have become peace exporters”. Over the years Macedonia has established itself as a country where that export product is mainly through military means. This policy paper aims to put the question of civilian contribution to peace operations on the agenda and advocates increased debate among policymakers and officials. It does not, however, undermine nor support a decrease in Macedonia’s military contribution. The main focus of the text is the identification of advantage areas that Macedonia has developed through the years which could be utilized in the civilian capacities (CIVCAP) model. Therefore the paper lists: 1) policing, 2) media, 3) crisis management and power sharing as Macedonia’s ready to be exported products. It also provides an insight into the ongoing legislative and institutional preparations. While legislation for contribution to peace operations by civilian means is largely in place, what seems to be lacking is a strategic turn towards more civilian contribution. This therefore produces many unknowns about civilian participation among policymakers still making it sound very remote.

  • Page Count: 8
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: English