Leadership and Political Affairs

The FBA strengthens leadership and political advisory capacity in international operations and public administration in conflict and post-conflict environments.

Leadership is a decisive factor for an organization’s ability to efficiently conduct its mission. It is therefore important that leaders in international operations and public administration are prepared for the tasks and challenges they will face. With the right training and tools a leader can work efficiently, so that operations and public administration reach better results.

Two particularly important support functions for the leadership in international operations and public administration are political advising and strategic communication. A political adviser works closely with the leadership and gives advice on political strategies, observes and reports on political developments, and supports decision making with critical analysis. The success of a leader does not only depend on the possibility to implement a mandate, but also on the ability to adapt to different situations and handle political and diplomatic issues, where support from an experienced political adviser is crucial.

Strategic communication is key to making results and effects of the work of international operations and public administration visible, which contributes to creating transparency and legitimacy. In today’s rapid media environment support from a communication adviser is central for a leader to efficiently carry out the mission.

What does the FBA do?

  • Policy, research and development
    The FBA has published a handbook for political advisers in international missions.

  • Training
    The FBA has, in cooperation with the European External Action Service, developed a training course for senior EU mission leaders to improve the leadership capacity in international operations. There is a similar course for UN senior mission leaders, arranged by the UN but with support from the FBA. FBA also offers tailor-made courses for political advisers in peace operations, and upon request the FBA offers training on leadership and communication in order to meet specific needs within organizations such as the EU, UN and OSCE.

  • International work
    The FBA seconds Swedish mission leaders, political advisers and communication advisers to international peace missions. Please see the map about our international projects.

  • Cooperation
    The FBA cooperates, within the field of leadership and political affairs, with the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), European External Action Service (EEAS), Central European University, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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Una perspectiva de género en la construcción de la paz

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    OSCE – the unknown security organization

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