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Limits of security, limits of politics? A response

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My article, ‘Security and the Other Scene: Desecuritization And Emancipation’ has triggered reactions to the political claims it put forth. The most controversial claim — in the eyes of the critics — was the formulation of the impossibility to think security only analytically, outside any political project. The other main criticism concerned the concept of politics formulated in the article. In my response, I argue first that political decisions are necessary to cut across the ‘indiscernability of knowledge’. Moreover, security is the political concept par excellence, as it entails questions about the politics that we enact. Second, I expose the closure that Schmitt's concept of the political entails for our possibilities of thinking a different politics.Journal of International Relations and Development (2006) 9, 81–90. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jird.1800073

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: aKing's College London, Centre for International Relations, Department of War Studies, Strand, London WC2R 2LS, UK., Email:

Publication date: March 1, 2006

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