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International Security Policy

We aim to ensure Ireland’s values are reflected in the international community’s approach to conflict prevention and crisis management.

Ireland is committed to playing a positive and constructive role in the maintenance of international peace and security. Our policy in this area is grounded in the UN Charter and in the idea that the UN Security Council has the primary role in maintaining global peace and security.

International Cooperation

We work with the UN, the EU, and other international partners to promote global peace and stability. We coordinate Ireland’s input to UN peacekeeping policy together with the Department of Defence and the Department of Justice and Equality

Ireland is committed to playing a positive and constructive role in the maintenance of international peace and security. 

The EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) has evolved as a central part of the Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). CSDP is just one element within the EU’s comprehensive approach to crisis management, and includes both civilian and military capabilities and operations. Our International Security Policy Section is involved in the development of the CSDP, and in close coordination with the Department of Defence, we contribute to policy discussions which take place in Brussels. We also send civilian experts to CSDP missions overseas.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also manages Ireland’s participation in the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council and NATO’s Partnership for Peace framework (PfP) in coordination with the Department of Defence. Ireland has been a member of PfP since 1999.

Ireland’s Participation in Peace Operations

Ireland is proud of its tradition of participating in UN and UN-mandated peacekeeping missions since 1958.

In recent years, the international community has recognised the need for a more comprehensive approach to tackling the root causes of conflict, and has prioritised building and restoring political, economic and legal institutions. Civilian crisis management missions are playing a valuable role in preventing conflict from starting or reoccurring.  In support of this, we are directly involved in sending Irish citizens with expertise in a range of areas including human rights, justice and rule of law to participate in EU civilian missions in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Georgia, Iraq, and the Palestinian Territories. We also support the deployment of members of An Garda Síochána, currently deployed in UN and EU missions in Cyprus and Kosovo.