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‘’None of the security challenges our world faces today can be effectively addressed with a purely military approach’’ High Representative / Vice-President Mogherini said taking the floor at the 55th Munich Security Conference. The European Union has made unprecedented progress in working together to develop its hard power over the past years. At the same time, it continues to champion soft power instruments, the EU's ''trade mark''. This has made the European Union ''a real security provider''.
As the first activity of the year Trinity College Dublin and Laurea University of Applied Sciences organised the course 'Improving Performance in CSDP Missions', under the auspices of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) and held in Dublin on 7-9 January 2019. Professor Anne Holohan from Trinity College Dublin and principal scientist Petteri Taitto from Laurea UAS were the course facilitators.
On January 10th & 11th, Trinity College in Dublin hosted the GAP (Gaming for Peace) Conference. GAP is an EU H2020 funded project which is developing a curriculum of soft skills derived from interviews with experienced military, police and civilian peacekeeping personnel, and the state of the art in peacekeeping relevant soft skills and serious games. GAP is embedding a selection of peacekeeping relevant soft skills in a digital role-playing game with in-game assessment.