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Destabilization, propaganda narratives and comprehensive countermeasures were the topics of the Common Effort Conference 2023 WEST AFRICA AS AN ARENA OF GEOPOLITICAL CONFLICTS in Berlin, June 13th, 2023. The one-day high-level meeting brought together security experts, policy makers, development organizations, and research institutions to discuss the violent spillover effects from the Sahel region into the Gulf of Guinea states of West Africa and
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The war in Ukraine shows how fragile peace and freedom are. Nations are under pressure and face multiple threats that require a comprehensive, whole-of-society approach. Societies need to prepare and increase their resilience to attacks on their infrastructure, their political system, their government and, most importantly, their social and national cohesion. Increasing resilience in our complex world requires cooperation and mutual understanding between different actors and stakeholders.
Our three-day Common Effort Training Event 2023 (CETE23) is an excellent opportunity to get to know each other, to exchange ideas, to share expertise and to promote better understanding between security forces and civilian counterparts. The City of Hamburg will provide the platform.
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From 28 to 30 November 2023, CETE23 participants will develop and build a network of experts from the political, administrative, economic, military, social, infrastructure and information technology sectors with the aim of achieving a better common understanding of the problems posed by hybrid threats.
The event will focus on the cross-sectoral and interdepartmental impact of attacks on critical infrastructure and ultimately on the resilience of state structures and societies. Hamburg will be used as a living laboratory. With its critical infrastructure and as a city-state, Hamburg provides a microcosm in which complex interrelationships and mutual effects on resilient structures can be simulated.
The Common Effort Training Event will be organised as a three-day conference with four tracks:
- Academic and Training – where participants will learn and experience comprehensive and cross-sectoral decision making against a hybrid attack on energy and transport infrastructure (limited number of seats available, waiting list in place)
- Panel Discussions – reflecting on the current and future challenges of hybrid threats, the role and impact of new digital technologies and artificial intelligence, and how a comprehensive, cross-sectoral approach can increase the resilience of societies and their key sectors
- Young Professional Program – where participants will gain hands-on experience of the cross-sectoral impact and implications of a hybrid attack on energy and transport infrastructure (limited number of seats available, waiting list in place)
- Innovative Technology Exhibition – where visitors can get an insight into the latest developments along the CETE23 themes
Date: 28 – 30 November 2023
Location: Hamburg Cruise Center Altona, Van-der-Smissen-Straße 5, 22767 Hamburg
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The Common Effort Community serves as a platform for organisations that share the vision of a comprehensive approach to improving stability, security and safety. The aim of the community is to foster a better understanding between development practitioners, diplomats, specialists from the public sector and the business community, experts from think tanks and the military. In line with the motto “Get to know each other before you need each other”.
Conflict and fragility are generally the result of a complex interplay of diverse but often interrelated factors. These include economic, political, social, cultural and religious aspects. Only a comprehensive, whole-of-society approach can achieve sustainable solutions. This means that a wide range of actors, both governmental and non-governmental, must be involved, both at the international level and within the country in question.
The purpose of the comprehensive approach is to coordinate and maximise the resources of diplomacy, security policy, the economy, development cooperation and humanitarian aid across the boundaries of ministries, departments and institutions. The better the various actors and stakeholders understand and know each other, the better they will be able to coordinate and synchronise their planning and actions to achieve better and more sustainable results.
Having focused on crisis response in developing countries, the Common Effort Community is now also looking at hybrid threats and resilience. This new pillar will address current challenges to national and collective security and defence. These challenges are characterised by hybrid threats and nefarious activities by potential adversaries.
The Two Pillar Approach
The two-pillar approach of the Common Effort Community focuses on Collective Defence, Hybrid Threats, and Resilience of our western nations as well as on Crisis Response Operations in southern hemisphere. It seeks to identify the bridging elements of both pillars and finding practical answers on current challenges in our inter-connected and complex world. This approach aligns with the community’s goal of promoting a comprehensive approach to improving stability, safety and security.
Collective Defence, Hybrid Threats and Resilience
The war in Ukraine shows how fragile peace and freedom are. Nations are under pressure and face multiple threats that require a comprehensive, whole-of-society approach. Societies need to prepare for and increase their resilience to attacks on their infrastructure, their political system, their government and, above all, their social and national cohesion. Building resilience in our complex world requires cooperation and mutual understanding between different actors and stakeholders.
The pillar will focus on the cross-sectoral and interdepartmental impact of attacks on critical infrastructure and ultimately on the resilience of state structures and societies.
Aim is, to develop and build a network of experts from the political, administrative, economic, military, social, infrastructure and information technology sectors and to get a better common understanding of the problems posed by hybrid threats.
Crisis Response Operations
It is striking to note that the same actors, who today are responsible for the deteriorated security situation and subsequent global food- and energy crisis, also threaten Europe’s interests in the G5 Sahel and in West Africa (Gulf of Guinea States).
This involves studying and addressing the challenges related to crisis response and stabilization efforts in the Sahel Region, which has become a priority for many European countries, including Germany and the Netherlands.
The aim of this pillar is to analyze crisis response operations, draw analytical conclusions, and develop effective strategies for managing and responding to crises in the region.
By focusing on spill-over areas, this pillar recognizes the interconnected nature of security challenges and seeks to address their broader implications, integrating both the policy and the working level.
The members of the Common Effort Community recognise that such interaction and cooperation between different actors is complex and challenging. It requires mutual understanding of their respective roles, mandates and operational activities.
Excercises and Conferences
In order to develop and apply a structured civil-military cooperation process for a comprehensive approach to realistic and timely crisis operations, Common Effort exercises and conferences have been initiated. Additional activities may be envisaged in the near future, such as informal meetings of interested stakeholders on a particular topic, country or region, to brainstorm on trends and define what could or should be done to mitigate negative impacts or enhance positive ones.
Common Effort Community members realize that interaction and cooperation between diverse actors is complex and difficult. Knowing each other before you need each other is the philosophy of the community. Understanding each other, building a trustfull relationship and network are essential for the success of multi-actor missions and operations.