The German Experience of Reunification: A Resource for International Peace Operations?

TitleThe German Experience of Reunification: A Resource for International Peace Operations?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsEckhard, S, Kuhl, C
Pagination4 pp.
Abstract

The experience gained in building and reforming state institutions as part of German reunification provides valuable insights for modern democratic transition processes. But this experience is rarely drawn upon to create expertise tailored specifically to peace operations. The demand for such expertise is reflected in the recommendations of the Civilian Capacities Initiative (CIVCAP) of the United Nations, which, inter alia, seeks to mobilize the expertise gained from national democratic transition processes for international peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts. The current discussion about new directions in
German foreign policy has also highlighted the relevance of national expertise in civilian conflict management. Can the reunification experience provide a framework for innovative German contributions to international peace operations?

 

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