Rationale for Military Involvement in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

Type: Article

Description: Good relations and trust are the foundation of soft power diplomacy and are essential for the accomplishment of domestic interventions and any bilateral or multilateral endeavour. Military use for assistance and relief is not a novel concept, but it has increased since the early 1990s with many
governments choosing to provide greater numbers of forces and assets to assist domestically and internationally. The increase is due to the growing lack of capacity in global humanitarian networks and increasingly inadequate resources available to undertake United Nations humanitarian assistance
and disaster relief (HADR) missions. In response, the military has been more proactive in pursuing the improvement of military-to-military and military-to-civilian integration. This trend reflects a move towards more advanced and comprehensive approaches to security cooperation and requires increased support from the civilian humanitarian sector to help meet the needs of the most vulnerable. Military
assistance is progressing beyond traditional methods to place a higher value on issues relating to civil cooperation, restoring public health infrastructure, protection, and human rights, all of which are ensuring a permanent

Authors: Deon V. Canyon, Benjamin J. Ryan, and Frederick M. Burkle Jr.

Published In: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine - Vol. 47, no. 1.

Published by: Cambridge University Press 

Publishing date and place: 6 December 2019, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Pages: 5

Publication page: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/prehospital-and-disaster-medicine/article/abs/rationale-for-military-involvement-in-humanitarian-assistance-and-disaster-relief/B4CDC5B9E6372F03FE3554C832F6D5A8


  • Resilience
  • Capacity Building
  • Civil Military Cooperation
  • Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR)
  • Best Practices
  • Human Security