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Army Boots

The changing roles of the armed forces and law enforcement agencies

Our reason for the implementation of the project was the assumption that in the 21st century, with the transition to the post-Westphalian international system and the change in the functions of the modern state, the system of tasks of law enforcement and the military also changes, and as a result of the change, they are getting closer together, to put it more simply: policing is getting more militarized and the military gains more and more police like tasks. These changes were most pronounced and most pronounced in international peacekeeping operations, but soon also in the field of internal tasks, it is enough to remember that the forces of the Hungarian Defence Forces perform such previously typically policing duties in border surveillance and disease control.

During the actual implementation of the project, three sub-themes were further researched upon and examined, these were the following:

  • CIMIC: civil-military cooperation

  • The current changes in the role of the armed force

  • The challenges and responses to law enforcement agencies in the XXI. century


Each of the subjects has been discussed and further analyzed during dedicated online workshop sessions, incorporating a broad spectrum of insights and knowledge, thanks to the contribution of the 47 participating Hungarian and international experts of these fields. After the workshop discussions, individual short studies were prepared by synthesizing the experiences and insights gained by these workshops, later processed into a final study. In view of the broad scientific awareness raising and the expansion of the range of experts that can be involved, the Foundation through the cooperation developed during the project, participated, as a co-organizer, in the organization of two major conference, first at the National University of Public Service, and later at the Kodolányi János University, the experiences of which were also incorporated into the final study. After the online closing conference of the project, the findings were finalized in a comprehensive study.

As a result of the project a Hungarian language study, serving the practical application of the project’s scientific findings has been completed, which is available to the actors involved and for the public, interested in the subject, in order to use the results of the study.

The project was sponsored by:

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