The Alliance is facing a complex security environment, defined by strategic competition, the pervasive threat of terrorism, recurrent shocks, and persistent challenges to international norms and principles. In this environment, the safety and security of civilian populations and of cultural sites are being threatened, or leveraged for military purposes. Recognizing these challenges, the Alliance has reinforced its commitment to Human Security, a multi-sectoral approach to security that gives primacy to people. The Human Security Approach and Guiding Principles, adopted at the Madrid Summit in June 2022, provide the Alliance with a common understanding of human security. NATO’s work on human security focuses on five main areas: combatting trafficking in human beings; protection of children in armed conflict; preventing and responding to conflict-related sexual violence; protection of civilians; and cultural property protection. These areas are closely connected with the Women, Peace and Security agenda.210224-human-security.jpg


The JALLC is currently working on a study that will analyse the experience of NATO’s military implementation of related topics such as Protection of Civilians, Children in Armed Conflict, and Women, Peace, and Security at the tactical level, in order to inform future implementation of existing policies in this area. In this context, the assigned JALLC project team attended the Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Land Community of Interest seminar hosted by LANDCOM, in Izmir, Republic of Türkiye, from 04 to 08 December.

Postcard.jpgIn addition to various presentations from the UN, NATO HQ, SHAPE, LANDCOM, and other NATO entities, there was also an opportunity to exchange ideas with attendees from the NATO Force Structure, and various subject matter experts.

Although the JALLC study, which will culminate in a Joint Analysis Report, is currently in the early stages (the report is due to be released in the second half of 2024), this seminar was already an excellent opportunity for the project team to gain knowledge and insights about the Human Security and its related topics and to meet with subject matter experts and potential stakeholders in the study.

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Joint Analysis is the systematic and in-depth study of a complex issue involving multiple entities in order to identify enduring systemic improvements at the operational and strategic levels. The result of a Joint Analysis project is a knowledge product tailored to support specific decisions or staff work, and to capture and preserve knowledge as part of NATO’s long-term organizational learning. A Joint Analysis project typically takes six to nine months to complete due to the depth and breadth of the research and analysis undertaken.

You can find out more about the JALLC’s analysis activities here.

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