Multilateral Security: Common, Cooperative or Collective?

  • Raimo Väyrynen
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


The concept of’ security’ has been used analytically in an ambiguous way’ thus creating a problem of homonymy; the same word is used for different meanings. According to Barry Buzan, security has been ‘a weakly conceptualized but politically powerful concept’. Politically, it has been used to legitimate very different external and internal policies depending on the internal structure of the state and its international position. This has fuelled controversies and made security, in Buzan’s view, an ‘essentially contested concept’.1


National Security Nuclear Weapon Security Problem Environmental Threat International Security 
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