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Challenges in Crisis Management Planning

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About this Event

06 Jun 2012 @ 12:45

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About the Speech:

In his address to the Institute, Walter Stevens discussed how to plan for and manage crisis situations around the world.

The Crisis Management and Planning Directorate (CMPD) in the new European diplomatic service, known as the European External Action Service, was set up to develop proposals for Ministers on “what to do, why, where and with whom” when international security crisis situations arise. It is a hub of activity before, during and after a crisis. 

What? The CMPD carries out political-strategic planning for civilian missions and military operations. It develops Crisis Management Concepts (CMCs) and reviews the effectiveness and coherence of ongoing operations. It has recently developed an action plan for strengthening ties between internal and external security (Freedom Security and Justice and the Common Security and Defence Policy).

Why? The CMPD was created in 2009 to respond to the need for a single strategic planning structure in the EU which would encompass both civilian and military elements.

Where? The CMPD develops responses to natural catastrophies (eg.earthquakes, tsunamis) and man-made crises in the EU’s southern and eastern neighbourhoods (eg. the Arab Spring uprisings) and out-of-area crises in the Middle East, Iraq, Georgia, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa.

With whom? The CMPD develops Common Security and Defence Policy partnerships between the EU and multilateral organisations including the UN, the African Union, NATO and the OSCE as well as with third countries such as China, Russia, US and Turkey.

About the Speaker:

Walter Stevens has held the postiton of Director of the CMDP since March 2011. A distinguished diplomat, he previously served on the Political and Security Committee, where EU Member States negotiate political and strategic consensus on foreign policy issues. He is also former Chief of Staff to the Belgian Foreign Minister and diplomatic advisor to the Belgian Prime Minister.

Theme: Foreign Policy and ESDP 

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