Raising EU and NATO Effectiveness: The Impact of Diverse Boots on the Ground

Overview

A balance between men and women in NATO and European Common Security and Defense military missions creates concrete benefits: Increased credibility for the organizations, more effective military missions and operations and the ability to better reach out to local populations. At the same time, there is a continuing gender imbalance in these organizations, especially when it comes to senior positions. The NATO Brussels Summit in Brussels July 11 and 12, 2018 is an opportunity for NATO and all allied and partner countries to coalesce around a comprehensive strategy for defending against and deterring this activity in the future that would increase the involvement of all member and partner countries.

While the EU and NATO have undertaken action and provided recommendations to improve the number of women in senior positions, these measures have not been sufficient to date. Facing unprecedented security threats, the EU and NATO need to step up their operational effectiveness: Creating more diversity in the military increases the success of military missions. This policy brief proposes measures applicable to both organizations to improve the implementation of current policies.

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