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Reinvigorating Civil–Military Relationships in Building National Resilience

Vlasta Zekulić, Christopher Godwin and Jennifer Cole
RUSI Journal, 27 September 2017
Civil–Military Relations, NATO, International Institutions, Resilience
Building resilience calls for new types of civil–military partnerships.

Russia’s application of a sophisticated hybrid strategy and the rise of Daesh (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS) have been drivers for change in the complex security environment of the twenty-first century. While the significance of these threats does not preclude the conventional aspect of national defence planning, it does complicate societal preparedness. Vlasta Zekulić, Christopher Godwin and Jennifer Cole examine the relevance of NATO resilience policies and propose a synchronised approach to crisis decision-making, civil preparedness planning and national and collective defence to ensure they are balanced, mutually supportive and incur manageable cost.

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