Action Plan or Faction Plan? Germany's Eclectic Approach to Conflict Prevention

Frank A. Stengel, Christoph Weller
  • International Peacekeeping, February 2010, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/13533311003589264

What is it about?

The article examines Germany's attempts at policy coordination in the field of conflict prevention policy. Although the German strategy has some innovative ideas (in particular the emphasis on civilian instruments of conflict prevention and the explicit goal to coordinate with non-state actors), the government's policies fall way short of being effective.

Why is it important?

Policymaking in a complex field such as conflict prevention requires effective coordination. Conflict prevention is a good example of today's increasingly complex foreign policy making processes, involving not just different states and their agencies but also a plethora of non-state actors.

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