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Stability Policing

NATO has entered an age where we must do both collective defense and manage crises and promote stability beyond our borders."  
~  Jens Stoltenberg, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Sep 2016 

 

NATO missions address complex problems in fragile States during and post-crisis and contribute to a comprehensive approach to Crisis Management and to coherence and coordination of the International Community’s efforts towards security, development, and governance.

Stabilization and Reconstruction activities may be components of operations conducted within the framework of Peace Support Operations, Humanitarian Assistance, Defence Against Terrorism Operations, Counterinsurgency and Major Combat Operations, and, in some cases, will overlap with their activities. 

S&R includes support to 

  • Establishing safety and security
  • Restoring effective and strengthening constitutional governance
  • Local Capacity Building, 
  • Strengthening justice and reconciliation organizations, 
  • Setting the basis for economic, human and social development.

Stability policing activities, conducted throughout the full spectrum of the conflict, aim at establishing a safe and secure environment, conducive to restoring public order and security and establishing the conditions to governance and development. This can only be conducted with multiple actors with multiple (and sometimes opposed) calendars, in a very complex environment. Therefore, only a comprehensive approach, i.e. an synchronization of military and non-military actions is necessary to achieve this goal.

The Innovation Hub intends to focus on Stability rather than Stability Policing. Our aim is to understand what STABILITY  means for people from different culture, backgound and environment and to determine what coud be the factors of stability in different places in the world to outline what NATO needs to take into account before projecting stability. 

Interview of Dr. Robert Murphy 

Political Advisor to Supreme Allied Command Transformation

Dr. Murphy served 35 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, successively as a truce observer in Sinai, Egypt, as a rover in West Africa, Liberia, and Sierra Leone before becoming the Embassy Support Officer in Dublin, Northern Ireland. He also served as the U.S. alternate delegate in Angola, and was the Rule of Law Coordinator in Iraq during 2006 and 2007. During 2010-2012, Dr. Murphy was the Senior American Political Advisor to the U.S. Forces in Iraq, then later as the Deputy Senior Civilian Representative of NATO Afghanistan during 2015-2016. 

Dr. Murphy believes that “stability is about setting up an ambient structure that will not have conflict to require greater resources and greater security resources of other countries.” There is no universally applicable handbook. To restore or maintain stability, a comprehensive and holistic strategy is key to success and it has to involve all the stakeholders, including sociologists to understand the environment, economic and political advisors at highest level. 

Excellent tactical execution does not overcome a flawed strategy. The military may succeed in the security domain, if the other domains (economy, social, politicla) are not addressed in a proper way, stability will never be restored or maintained.