Human and Environmental Security in the Sahel

A Modest Strategy for Success
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security book series (NAPSC)

The human security paradigm is a holistic and empathetic approach to understanding the security environment. The lens of the human security paradigm magnifies the roots of conflict and instability in the Sahel. The analysis of the insecurities that exist in Niger and Chad illuminates the condition of the Sahel's regional security environment. Key to this analysis and the implications of conflict and potential for conflict is understanding the strong connection between the environment and human survival. This understanding is an important first step in crafting effective policy. It is important to recognize that policy making and implementation will take time, intelligence, critical analysis, patience, and empathy. Subsequently, the modest strategy for success will depend on the incremental, tireless, and focused work of a cooperative international community that will best succeed in creating a more peaceful and prosperous world.


Human security human insecurities security environment terrorism living systems theory Niger Chad Sahel 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesUnited States Military AcademyWest Point
  2. 2.Seton Hall UniversitySouth Orange

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