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The Comprehensive Approach - International Definitions and a German Case Study

Plogmaker, Katharina (2010) The Comprehensive Approach - International Definitions and a German Case Study.

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Abstract:New security threats since the 1990s have called for a new approach to conflict challenges. The comprehensive approach has become a widely accepted tool in order to approach emerging conflict and crisis situations in the modern world. It combines military involvement and civil measures. This paper is divided into two parts, whereas the second part weighs more heavily. The first part tries to identify different definitions of the comprehensive approach. By analysing the different interpretation, different actors might find it easier to understand the partner and cooperate on a different manner. It is found that the comprehensive approach takes place on three different levels, the international, the national and the goal-oriented level. Those levels are closely interconnected but still represent different types of cooperation. Organisations and nation-state also do have different orientations in focusing on internal cooperation (within the organisation) or external cooperation (with other organisation). Some organisations and nationstates will be presented accordingly. The second part of the paper focuses on the national level and the implementation of the comprehensive approach of the German government. It focuses on the intergovernmental/interagency cooperation and on the four involved agencies, Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and Ministry of Interior. Those ministries are forced to work closely together as each one is not able to fulfil the tasks on its own. Hence cooperation needs to take place. The German cooperation is evaluated on the basis of a proposed research model, which focuses on four reasons for cooperation; common objectives, gains/profit, trust and the existing conditions for cooperation
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
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