BTiP 2022, nr 3 – Artykuł 6

What role can Stability Policing play in total defence and building resilience?

Nicola Bonomi | NATO Stability Policing Centre of Excellence, Vicenza, Italy
ORCID 0000-0001-9694-1873

Stefano Bergonzini | NATO Stability Policing Centre of Excellence, Vicenza, Italy
ORCID 0000-0001-5078-9511

„Bezpieczeństwo. Teoria i Praktyka”, 3/2022, s. 87-97
DOI 10.48269/2451-0718-btip-2022-3-006
PDF: English

Abstract: Threats to peace, stability and human rights of states and civil societies are increasingly of a non-military nature and fending them off requires adopting innovative approaches. These encompass, first and foremost, veering from the strictly military- and security-centred focus applied hitherto and looking at more comprehensive and holistic responses. Furthermore, they seek to include all stakeholders within a state, including its military, the civil apparatus, the civilian populace, and private enterprises in a common defensive effort, namely the concept of total defence. Creating and improving positive interaction amongst relevant stakeholders and increasing their chances of successfully absorbing and surviving external shocks and attacks showcases another significant notion, namely resilience, not only in its acceptation within the Alliance, but in a wider understanding of the term. Stability Policing as a spearheading concept expanding the reach of NATO into the policing remit and as a cutting-edge deployable military capability is defined as suggesting, describing, and highlighting possible roles and contributions to both endeavours. Stability Policing offers innovative avenues of approach and a policing mindset by applying relevant police-related ways and means, and its “blue lens”, and thus contributes to achieving the overarching goal of identifying, deterring, stopping, and countering threats, including those of a hybrid nature and in grey zones, also below the threshold of war.
Key words: Stability Policing, total defence, resilience, blue lens, unity, legal targeting, reinforcement of Host Nation Police Forces