BTiP 2022, nr 3 – Artykuł 25

Human security and human-centred defence as individual responsibility and collective activity

Thomas Matyók | Senior Lecturer in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Middle Georgia State University, United States; Executive Director of the Joint Civil-Military Interaction Network; member of Interacta Global Network
ORCID 0000-0003-1828-7938

Srečko Zajc | Secretary at the Ministry of Defence, Republic of Slovenia; member of Interacta Global Network and Jo int Civil-Military Interaction Network
ORCID 0000-0003-4071-0317

„Bezpieczeństwo. Teoria i Praktyka”, 3/2022, s. 337-346
DOI 10.48269/2451-0718-btip-2022-3-025
PDF: English

Abstract: Collective defence and individual (human) security are not necessarily two sides of the same coin, they are often two different currencies where it is almost impossible to calculate their real exchange rate and value. Current civil-military relationships often fall short of what is needed to meet emerging human security needs. We are confident that the positive interactions of civil-military actors help build resiliency. Human rights and human needs play a significant role in building resiliency. We call for the re-invention of civil defence as the holistic concept of individual responsibility and collective action. We need human-centered defence policy and planning, teaching, and practice. We need strong states to stand behind the civil defence concept that merges policy and strategy with local actors. Security is an individual responsibility and a collective activity that requires all elements of society to ensure success. Security cannot be outsourced to the military, nor any single civilian institution.
Key words: human security, individual responsibility, collective action, civil-military interaction, reimagine civil defence