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Human Security: Theory and Practice

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Abstract:

We live in a globalising world. Today, money, goods, information and people move rapidly across borders. Diseases, weapons, pollution, financial crises and terrorist attacks threaten people not only in one country, but also quickly affect those in neighboring countries and far beyond. On the other hand, increasing openness in trade and investment and rapid communication and transportation flows can contribute to a remarkable rate of economic growth and positively affect people's lives. A globalising world is, indeed, an interdependent world in which all states and societies depend increasingly on the acts and omissions of others for their security, even for their survival. The realities of the changing world have led to the broadening of the traditional concept of security based on the state to one that incorporates the security of individual human beings. ...

Document Type: Commentary

Publication date: November 1, 2005

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  • The St Antony's International Review (STAIR) is the only peer-reviewed journal of international affairs at the University of Oxford. Set up by graduate students of St Antony's College in 2005, the Review has carved out a distinctive niche as a cross-disciplinary outlet for research on the most pressing contemporary global issues, providing a forum in which emerging scholars can publish their work alongside established academics and policymakers. Past contributors include Robert O. Keohane, James N. Rosenau, and Alfred Stepan.
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