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What Makes Communication Strategic? - Preparing Military Organizations for the Battle of Ideas

Date added: 02/27/2011
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Research Paper 65 , by Jan Techau

For military organizations, Strategic Communications (StratComm) is one of the great "known unknowns" – everybody does it, but conceptual and practical guidance on the subject is rare.


Despite some painful historic lessons, the military has found it hard to embrace a key reality of modern warfare: that the perception of facts is just as important as the facts themselves, and that communications must thus become a key instrument in its arsenal. With this basic concept in mind, the new Research Paper from the NDC Research Division looks into the issue from an organizational and procedural perspective. In other words, how should the military integrate StratComm into its setup? How can it manage the culture shock that StratComm poses to conventional military thinking? Can StratComm be defined in a way that makes it easier for the military to assimilate it fully?

The State of Environmental Migration 2011

Date added: 12/07/2012
Date modified: 12/07/2012
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Edited by
François Gemenne (IDDRI)
Pauline Brücker (IDDRI)
Dina Ionesco (IOM)

Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales


While scientific research on environmental migration has considerably expended over recent years, The State of Environmental Migration once again gathers and documents major cases of environmentally-induced migration and displacement that happened during the year 2011. It is meant to feed scholar studies and eventually political discussions. The existence itself of this volume underscores the importance of the subject, but also the complexity of the phenomenon. As we stressed last year in the 2010 edition of The State of Environmental Migration, diversity and universality are common features of environmental migration: be they labeled migrants or refugees, affected by human-made or natural events, all those migrating or being displaced seek protection, livelihood and opportunities for a safer future.

The sharp Edges of Europe

Date added: 05/10/2010
Date modified: 12/07/2011
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The sharp edges of Europe: extending Schengen eastwards

International Affairs 76,

The Role of Civil Society in EU Migration Policy: Perspectives on the European Union’s Engagement in

Date added: 10/14/2011
Date modified: 12/07/2011
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By Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan

Civil society provides a crucial link between governments and the communities they represent — infusing policy processes with grassroots knowledge to which governments may not otherwise have access and lending legitimacy to government actions. But thus far, civil-society organizations have had a limited role in European policy debates. As the European Union seeks to reach out to developing regions in its "neighborhood" of nearby countries, it has emphasized the importance of involving civil society in both agenda-setting and implementation. Yet EU policymakers have not clearly articulated how this engagement might be structured. In effect, the question is not whether to engage, but how to do so.

The promotion of human security in EU security policies

Date added: 05/10/2010
Date modified: 12/07/2011
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Inger Helene Sira and Jonas Gräns
No. 7 / March 2010