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The Role of the Human Security Perspective

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From Cold War to Cyber War


This contribution gives a rough overview of the state of the art in the field of human security research and practice. After 20 years of existence, the concept of human security has seen ups and downs in the United Nations and scholarly literature. However, the United Nations has recently agreed on a definition and the concept is broadly employed in the context of violent and non-violent security issues. While international organizations are still hesitant to use the concept directly, there appear to be various forms of indirect use. This is in line with an emerging human rights-based approach to security and humanitarian action. Whereas challenges remain both on a conceptual and a practical level, there is a growing common understanding of the main characteristics of the concept, which remains an inspiring perspective for many scholars and actors.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Benedek is head of the Institute of International Law and International Relations and director of the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy of the University of Graz, Austria.

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Benedek, W. (2016). The Role of the Human Security Perspective. In: Heintze, HJ., Thielbörger, P. (eds) From Cold War to Cyber War. Springer, Cham.

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