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NATO and EU towards civil-military relations in military operations

Agata Mazurkiewicz

The relation between civilians and the military is the inevitable consequence of the existence of war. Yet, only recently it became regulated by the biggest peace-oriented organisations like NATO (North-Atlantic Treaty Organisation) and EU (European Union). In the light of the resent inquiry about the possibility of integration of the two systems into one framework, the objective of the proposed paper is to analyse and compare the approach to the relation between the military and the civilian domains of these two peace-oriented international organisations. Both have their own, specific policies concerning civil-military cooperation. Their respective definitions and principles vary sometimes to a vast degree. In order to achieve the objective of the paper I will first present a short historic overview of the evolution of the concepts of civil-military cooperation of each organisation. After that, I will analyse those concepts using three categories: definition, place within the overall strategy and the approach towards the concept of comprehensive approach, and finally the institutional setting. Using neo-functional approach I will investigate how NATO doctrine ‘spilled-over’ EU approach to civil-military cooperation and identify points of convergence and the possibility of interoperability within the same peacekeeping framework.

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