This project encompasses three main strands:
(a) Desktop research and background paper preparation,
(b) interviews with key stakeholders, and
(c) an online discussion event to take place by November 2021.
See project presentation in editorial.

At the Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS) we appreciate the role that military personnel and equipment can play and have already been playing in areas struck by natural or human-made disasters ranging from pandemics, like the current COVID-19 one, to floods, forest fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, industrial accidents and oil spills. We believe that this role has to be highlighted for policy makers and the public, and can be further improved on the basis of best practices that need to be collected and shared broadly. The role of NATO for the coordination of large-scale, cross-border operations as well as for standard setting and capacity building among national militaries is central to all this.

Interviews with military and civilian experts whose skills and knowledge align with this project will be coupled with bibliographical and online research and will lead to the production of a research paper titled “Using military forces to defend against natural and human-made non-military threats”.

The paper will map established good practices in the use of military capabilities to help manage natural and human-made emergencies of a non-military nature, explore the added value of NATO mechanisms and make recommendations for next steps at the level of NATO and of individual member states.