Say Yes to Civilian
risis management whether military or civilian is an issue that always gives rise to a lively debate. Is it possible to manage an escalated conflict at all? The peace movement sees that there are many ethical and moral problems related to a military intervention in a conflict. However, is it right to let people in crisis areas to suffer even during decades? In fact, many conflicts could be prevented, and escalated conflicts could be managed in a non-violent way. What is the role of international organisations and nation-states in this case? What about non-governmental organisations? And what can a single person do?
The overall objective of the book is to answer some of these questions. We want to highlight the importance of discussion on various forms of crisis management, and in particular on the possibility of using civilian crisis management capabilities beside military crisis management. In the European Union political decision-making and allocation of resources, civilian crisis management has clearly been secondary to military crisis management. However, civilian crisis management is a natural choice to the EU, which was established to preserve peace in Europe. Finland has a unique opportunity to promote the development of civilian crisis management during its Presidency this year.
The book has been published by the Civil Society Conflict Prevention Network (KATU) and Committee of 100 in Finland together with United Nations Association of Finland, the Finnish NGDO Platform to the EU and One World Finland. We would like to thank the contributors and editors for their commitment and availability to share their expertise for the book. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior have appropriated finance for the publication of the book. We would like to warmly thank them for their commitment to build structural cooperation with non-governmental organisations working in the field of civilian crisis management. We hope that the book will find its way to readers, and it helps to clarify the civilian crisis management jungle.