Human (in)security

Hayes, Anna (2018) Human (in)security. In: Reveron, Derek S., Gvosdev, Nikolas K., and Cloud, John A., (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of US National Security. Oxford University Press, New York, NY, USA, pp. 457-473.

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The 1990s was host to a range of conflicts emerging from failed or failing states. These conflicts typically involved significant humanitarian crises and widespread human rights abuses. Within this changing global environment, new security thinking started to engage ‘people’ as the referent of security, moving away from the previous privileged status granted the state as the only referent of security. During the Cold War, a mindset shaped around superpower competition and state-based conflict dominated strategic thinking. However, for many people globally daily insecurities shaped their notions of what real deficits in security encompassed. The end of the Cold War enabled the human security paradigm to provide a significant challenge to the primacy of the state in security thinking. On the other hand, human security has been subject to much criticism and there has been heated debate over its applicability within the security agenda. This chapter argues that despite earlier concerns over its efficacy, human security has made inroads into security thinking and is mutually reinforcing to national security.

Item ID: 52170
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-19-068003-9
Keywords: human security, national security, failed states, weak states, new security agenda
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 01:29
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440899 Political science not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9403 International Relations > 940301 Defence and Security Policy @ 60%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9403 International Relations > 940302 International Aid and Development @ 40%
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