Carina Böttcher

Research Fellow, Program Security, Defense and Armaments

Areas of Expertise

  • Civilian Crisis Management and Peace Operations
  • EU Common Security and Defence Policy
  • United Nations


English, French



Carina Böttcher works as a research fellow in DGAP’s Security, Defense, and Armaments program since June 2018. She works in the project „Civilian CSDP Compact“. 

Previously, she worked at the Center for International Peace Operations in Berlin and for the Federal Foreign Office, with assignments in Tehran and Bangkok. Other work experience include shorter assignments at the Federal Criminal Office and the UN Operations and Crisis Centre in New York. She completed her Master’s degree in International Relations at Technical University of Dresden.


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Selected Publications

Divided in Diversity
Overcoming Europe’s Incoherence in National Approaches to Civilian CSDP
by Carina Böttcher, Marie Wolf
DGAPanalyse 3, June 2019, 18 p.
Divided in Diversity
Despite 15 years of mission practice, EU member states are often reluctant to commit considerable resources to civilian CSDP. One reason for this is the fact that EU member states diverge considerably on the role and strategic relevance they attribute to civilian crisis management in general, and civilian CSDP specifically. This divergence hampers a common understanding on the future direction of civilian CSDP, which is direly needed to strengthen it through the Civilian CSDP Compact.
The Compact Roadmap
Towards a New Level of Professionalization in Civilian CSDP
by Carina Böttcher
DGAPkompakt 11 (June 2019), 7 pp.
The Compact Roadmap
EU member states agreed the Civilian CSDP Compact in late 2018 to breathe new life into EU civilian crisis management. Its 22 commitments are a response to a double challenge: a rapidly changing security environment and persistent shortfalls in the planning, deployment, and conduct of missions. Implementation will be challenging. Political momentum depends on producing tangible results early on, notably through National Implementation Plans and a workable Civilian Capability Review process.
Shaping the Future of Civilian Crisis Management
by Carina Böttcher, Marie Wolf, 28.11.2018
Almost unnoticed by the wider public, the EU has taken a landmark decision to make its civilian crisis management more capable, flexible and responsive. However, important commitments in the “Civilian CSDP Compact” remain vague. As a strong supporter of civilian CSDP, Germany should push for further ambitious steps to be made concrete.
Category: Security
The Relevance of a Strong Civilian CSDP
How EU Member States Can Shape the Civilian Crisis Management Agenda 2018 and Beyond
by Carina Böttcher
DGAPkompakt 21 (October 2018), 5 pp.
The Relevance of a Strong Civilian CSDP
While member states recognize the value of the civilian Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), a strategic EU vision is lacking. In the face of current and future security risks, the EU requires the capacities to launch civilian missions and to manage major crises in its vicinity. To guide the implementation of the Civilian Compact from 2019 on, the EU should set quantitative headline goals and adopt a strategic planning approach, while member states need to create favorable national legislations.
Category: Security
EU Civilian Crisis Management
How the Union Can Live up to Its Ambitions – or Stumble into Irrelevance
by Hannah Neumann, Carina Böttcher, Christian Mölling, Marie Wolf
DGAPkompakt 15 (July 2018), 6 pp.
EU Civilian Crisis Management
Europe’s security situation has drastically changed. Current challenges can neither be tackled by member states individually, nor by military means alone. A new ambitious process at EU level gives member states the opportunity to improve the EU’s civilian crisis management and answer central questions. Most importantly though, member states need to increase their financial and personal commitments, if they want to prevent this trademark of European foreign policy from drifting into irrelevance.
Category: Security
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