The Human Security Dilemma

Lost Opportunities, Appropriated Concepts, or Actual Change?
  • Ryerson Christie
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security book series (NAPSC)

Human security discourse and practice have been embraced by a number of States as a means to address our current security dilemmas. At the same time, human security literature is advanced as an alternative vision of world politics that moves past the State-centric analysis of traditional security studies. What is unclear is whether these two aspects of human security, its practice and intent, are compatible. There are two related questions that must then be addressed. The first is whether human security practice has actually benefited peoples, which will be approached by exploring the types of policies that have been put in place in the name of human security. This then brings up the second, and perhaps more profound, question: has the adoption of human security frameworks had the effect of changing the way that we “do” security policy, or has it merely widened the range of issues to which traditional security practices are applied? This paper will draw examples predominately from the current international involvement in Afghanistan.


Human security Canada critical security studies peacebuilding securitization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryerson Christie
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  1. 1.York University Centre for International and Security StudiesTorontoCanada

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