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The European Union’s Aviation Security Mission in South Sudan

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When South Sudan gained independence in 2011, the new country needed assistance from external actors during the transition to prevent the security situation from deteriorating. In 2012 the EU launched its Aviation Security Mission (EUAVSEC) in South Sudan as part of its Common Security and Defence Policy.

This came in response to a South Sudanese request for EU support and assistance in strengthening the security in Juba International Airport, as it had proven difficult for South Sudan to establish a fully operational transport hub. The EU estimated that an improvement of the airport security would contribute to the fight against crime and international terrorism, but also allow for a greater flow of people and goods, which in return would increase trade levels and promote regional integration. The mission, however, never reached full operational capacity, and due to an overall deterioration of the security situation in the country, all EU personnel were evacuated in January 2014, and the mission was (informally) terminated after fulfilling its mandated deployment period.

Even though the mission had succeeded in training 350 personnel prior to the evacuation, its contribution to the overall security situation in South Sudan was limited, partly due to a misguided mission objective. Despite its shortcomings, the EUAVSEC mission can provide valuable lessons for future CSDP missions and operations.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
PublisherRoyal Danish Defence College
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-7147-218-9
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018
SeriesFAK Brief


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