Military ‘train and equip’ policy will not bring peace

Interesting thoughts here about the EU’s attempts at “Peacemaking” from the Quaker Council for European Affairs, and included the role of gender in peacemaking.

The QCEA Blog

In late June 2015 the heads of government of the 28 European Union (EU) Member States will meet in Brussels to discuss their Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). They are expected to agree a clearer commitment to strengthening military forces in countries affected by conflict. But will EU efforts contribute to peace?

The EU already has military training missions in Somalia (since 2010) and Mali (since 2013). Increasing instability on Europe’s neighbouring continents has encouraged some EU Member States to call for more EU military training missions, and in March 2015 the EU launched such a mission in the Central African Republic.

EU military capacity development

Solider in EU mission training in Mali. Credit Twitter June 2015 @eutmmali1 Solider in EU mission training in Mali. Credit Twitter June 2015 @eutmmali1

A preparatory meeting of the 28 EU Member State Foreign Ministers, known as the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC), took place in November 2014. The conclusions from this meeting requested that the…

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