Expanding the European Union's Petersberg tasks: requirements and capabilities

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Authors
Papastathopoulos, Stavros
Subjects
European Union (EU)
European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP)
European Constitution
Conflict prevention
Joint disarmament
Military advice and assistance
Post-conflict stabilization
Support in combating terrorism
International cooperation
Global peace and security
Advisors
Yost, David
Date of Issue
2004-06
Date
June 2004
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
This thesis analyzes the "updated Petersberg tasks" included in the draft treaty establishing a Constitution for the European Union. The original Petersberg tasks called for forces capable of humanitarian and rescue missions, peacekeeping operations and tasks of combat forces in crisis management, including peacemaking. The updated tasks add conflict prevention, joint disarmament, military advice and assistance, post-conflict stabilization, and support to third countries in combating terrorism. The thesis focuses on the requirements of these tasks and the capabilities of the European Union's civilian agencies and military forces to execute them. It explores the meaning of the new missions, their specific capability requirements, and the prospects for the European Union to meet these requirements. It concludes that the European Union is currently capable of undertaking the missions that require mostly civilian tools or medium-level military forces for their conduct. The European Union does not at present have the relevant capabilities for the missions that demand more advanced military forces.
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Thesis
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Department of National Security Affairs
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Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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x, 65 p.
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