When state security leaves humanity in harm’s way

Celia McKeon

The dominant focus on national and international security is one of the greatest stumbling blocks to achieving human security

Building security in the current global context is one of the most daunting challenges of our time. Deaths from violent conflict reached at least 157,000 in 2017, more than double the number recorded ten years previously. Human security is deteriorating as the effects of a growing ecological crisis are felt across the world, refugee flows increase and economic inequalities remain extreme.

According to the WJP Rule of Law Index,[1] the global progress towards greater levels of democracy and freedom seen in the 2000s is now being reversed. One explanation for these trends, and for the devastating human and planetary tragedy that they represent, lies in the dominant approach to national and international security.

Around the world strategies, policies and interventions are being carried out in the name of national or international ‘security’ that are actually making life more insecure for many people.

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