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          • Year: 2014
          • Macedonia’s preparations for civilian contribution to peace operations - the next big thing after the withdrawal from Afghanistan?

          • Andreja Bogdanovski from Analitica, BCSP partner on the project „Building Civilian Capacities from the Western Balkans in Peace Support Operations", analyzes Macedonia civil capacities for peace missions and operations.

        • The main focus of the text is the identification of advantage areas that Macedonia has developed through the years which could be utilised in the civilian capacities (CIVCAP) model. 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.

          Macedonia’s contribution to international peace and security throughout the years to date has been carried out primarily through military means, which in itself is somewhat odd having in mind the small size and military potential of the country. Both military participation in missions abroad as well as the small-scale civilian input are primarily driven by the prospects of joining NATO and the EU. Being candidate country for both institutions has brought significant changes to the security sector, such as cutting the military service obligation, an integrated border system whereby police took over the management of the borders from the army etc. This has given Macedonia’s Armed Forces a push for greater involvement in NATO and EU led operations. Participation in such missions was seen among policymakers as something that would aid the country’s bids for accession to the organisations in question.

          Contribution to peace operations through civilian means has not been high on the agenda of Macedonian politicians mainly due to a lack of incentives and a lack of a partner country which would provide support and training. Even though Macedonia has not proceeded with full steam towards civilian contribution to peace operations, policymakers in the country are aware of the need for starting such a contribution. Formally speaking, there is no legal barrier to Macedonia sending civilians to peace operations.

          Publication is available on English and Macedonian

          This policy brief is a product of a research project “Cooperation between Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, regional partners and the NUPI- Building Civilian Capacities from the Western Balkans in Peace Support Operations”, financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

        • Tags: civilian capacities, peace operations, peace support operations, peace missions, Macedonia
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