Integrated Approach

Comprehensive/integrated approach refers to people from different institutions (with particular reference to civilian and military institutions) working together at several levels to achieve common aims. An integrated approach recognises that no one government department has a monopoly over responses to the challenges of stabilisation contexts and that by making best use of the broad range of knowledge, skills and assets of government departments, integrated efforts should be mutually reinforcing.

pdf Comprehensive Approach

Title: Comprehensive Approach
Publication Date: November 2006
Institution: Stabilisation Unit
Key Words: Comprehensive / Integrated Approach

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This document provides a short, succinct overview of the evolution of the UK’s efforts to combine civilian and military approaches, in order to improve the effectiveness of Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) interventions in complex environments.  It emphasises the need to promote a shared understanding of the situation, to design structures and processes to respond effectively and to establish relationships and cultural understanding. 

pdf Focus and Convergence through a Comprehensive Approach: but which among the many?

Title: Focus and Convergence through a Comprehensive Approach: but which among the many?
Institution: Swedish Defence Research Agency
Author: Hull, C
Publication date: 2011
Related Categories: Comprehensive/Integrated Approach

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This paper relates to the wider debate around defining the Comprehensive Approach by providing an analysis of the various definitions and approaches.  The various definitions of the Comprehensive Approach and implementation strategies are discussed.  Importantly differences in approaches at national, inter-agency or intra-agency level are also described.  The paper will be useful for both civilian and military stabilisation planners and those wishing to consider both the conceptual and operational challenges of the Comprehensive Approach.

default NATO Topic Page on the Comprehensive Approach

Title: NATO Topic Page on the Comprehensive Approach
Institution: NATO
Publication date: March 2012
Keywords: Comprehensive/Integrated Approach

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In March 2012, NATO agreed on an Updated List of Tasks to update its Comprehensive Approach Action Plan.  These tasks are being implemented by a dedicated civilian-military task force involving all relevant NATO bodies and commands.  This report should be considered in the wider context of NATO’s new Strategic Concept, adopted at the Lisbon Summit in November 2010.  The report is useful as it offers up to date guidance from NATO on the comprehensive approach to crisis management.  A key related document to the topic guide is the recently published (2011) NATO political guidance on ways to improve its involvement in stabilisation and reconstruction.  The document will be primarily useful for both civilian and military officials involved in crisis management both at national and multi-national levels.

pdf Pioneering the Comprehensive Approach: How Germany’s Partners Do It

Title:  Pioneering the Comprehensive Approach: How Germany’s Partners Do It
Author:  Andreas Wittkowsky and Ulrich Wittkampf
Institution:  ZIF – Center for International Peace Operations
Publication Date:  January 2013
Keywords:  Conflict, Stability, Security 

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This article was written in 2013 by the German government’s ZIF (Zentrum für Internationale Friedenseinsätze/Centre for International Peace Operations) as a comparative review of different national modalities of enacting a whole of government approach to conflict and crisis management.  It examines the UK's Integrated Approach and its Dutch, Swedish and American equivalents and provides a brief assessment of their comparative strengths and weaknesses.  This article is helpful, therefore, in identifying those differences of approach, priority and emphasis in the respective national structures and modes of response.  By highlighting the key structural and cultural similarities and differences between these four nations it also looks for the areas of commonality and the relevant key lessons.

pdf Responding to Stabilisation Challenges in Hostile and Insecure Environments: Lessons Identified

Title: Responding to Stabilisation Challenges in Hostile and Insecure Environments: Lessons Identified
Institution: Stabilisation Unit
Publication date: November 2010
Related Categories: Stabilisation Planning

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In November 2012, the Stabilisation Unit published a set of lessons drawn from the UK’s experience in stabilisation contexts.  The aim of the report is to provide accessible guidance on recent approaches underpinning the UK’s response to conflict – affected environments.  The document will be primarily useful for policy makers, practitioners and programme managers working in and on conflict-affected environments.

default The Comprehensive Approach; the point of war is not just to win but to make a better peace

Title: The Comprehensive Approach; the point of war is not just to win but to make a better peace
Institution: House of Commons Defence Committee
Publication Date: 2010
Key Words: Comprehensive / Integrated Approach

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The House of Commons Defence Committee holds the UK Government accountable for the delivery of effect.  This review of the Comprehensive Approach examines how well UK military and non military agencies work together.  It provides a good overview of the evolution of the Comprehensive Approach within the UK, but also with allies and international organisations, and at all levels on the ground.  It draws upon lessons and a broad range of first hand accounts to determine conclusions and recommendations.  It is a key document for both policy makers and practitioners interested in the UK’s progress to date and future challenges.

pdf The Integrated Approach is Essential

Title: The Integrated Approach is Essential
Institution:  Stabilisation Unit
Publication Date:  November 2010
Key Words:  Comprehensive / Integrated Approach

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