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- A Critical Evaluation of the Concept of Human Security
- The Significance of the ‘Human Security’ Paradigm in International Politics
- Human security
A Critical Evaluation of the Concept of Human Security
The main aspect of human security is considered to have changed from being state focused agenda to an individually focused agenda in security scholarship. Nevertheless, the topic of human security is quite multifaceted and demands caution when analysed in different contexts. This essay will examine the importance of human security in contemporary international politics. For this purpose, it is vital to determine the boundaries of prospective analysis. This paper will draw a line between human security as a concept and as a paradigm Bergman, , p.
Security will be interpreted as: security of people, not just territory. Security of individuals, not just nations. Security through development, not through arms. Security of all the people everywhere — in their homes, in their jobs, in their streets, in their communities, in their environment. The logic behind its introduction and advocation was clear: the realist, state-centric paradigm of security that championed the primacy of territorial integrity over that of the individual, seemed increasingly anachronistic in a world where states no longer faced the existential threat that nuclear stand-off had perpetuated UN, ; Jolly and Ray, ; Debiel and Werthes, Instead, the referent of security should be the individual.
The Significance of the ‘Human Security’ Paradigm in International Politics
Paper prepared for the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre for use in courses. With this statement, the authors of the Human Development Report began an exploration of the "new concept of human security. Like its sister concepts, human security has the characteristic of universality: it is applicable to individuals everywhere. The Human Development Report defined human security as people's "safety from chronic threats and protection from sudden hurtful disruptions in the patterns of daily life. The Canadian government, which has become one of the champions of the human security concept, adopted a similar definition: "Human security means freedom from pervasive threats to people's rights, safety and lives.
Human security is an emerging paradigm for understanding global vulnerabilities whose proponents challenge the traditional notion of national security through military security by arguing that the proper referent for security should be at the human rather than national level. Human security reveals a people-centred and multi-disciplinary understanding of security which involves a number of research fields, including development studies , international relations , strategic studies, and human rights [ clarification needed ]. The United Nations Development Programme 's Human Development Report  is considered a milestone publication in the field of human security, with its argument that ensuring " freedom from want " and " freedom from fear " for all persons is the best path to tackle the problem of global insecurity. Critics of the concept argue that its vagueness undermines its effectiveness,  that it has become little more than a vehicle for activists wishing to promote certain causes, and that it does not help the research community understand what security means or help decision makers to formulate good policies. Thus understood, human security would no longer be the vague amorphous add-on to harder edged areas of security such as military security or state security. In order for human security to challenge global inequalities, there has to be cooperation between a country's foreign policy and its approach to global health. However, the interest of the state has continued to overshadow the interest of the people.
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