Crisis, Anxiety and Ontological Insecurity

  • Filip EjdusEmail author
Part of the Central and Eastern European Perspectives on International Relations book series (CEEPIR)


The central assumption within the realist canon of International Relations (IR) is that the primary goal of states is to achieve physical security, defined in terms of physical survival and power. This has been challenged by the Ontological Security Theory (OST), which is based on a premise that actors in world politics are often ready to compromise physical security and other important material gains in order to protect their sense of continuity in the world.


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