Human Security / Edition 1

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There is a real security gap in the world today. Millions of people in regions like the Middle East or East and Central Africa or Central Asia, where 'new wars' are taking place, live in daily fear of violence. Moreover 'new wars' are increasingly intertwined with other global risks - the spread of disease, vulnerability to natural disasters, poverty and homelessness. Yet our security conceptions, drawn from the dominant experience of the Second World War and based on the use of conventional military force, do not reduce that insecurity; rather they make it worse.

This book is an exploration of this security gap. It makes the case for a new approach to security based on a global conversation - a public debate among civil society groups and individuals as well as states and international institutions. The chapters follow on from Kaldor's path-breaking analysis of the character of 'new wars' in places such as the Balkans and Africa during the 1990s. The first four chapters provide a context; they cover the experience of humanitarian intervention, the nature of American power, the new nationalist and religious movements that are associated with globalization, and how these various aspects of current security dilemmas have played out in the Balkans. The remaining chapters are more normative, dealing with the evolution of the idea of global civil society, the relevance of just war theory in a global era, and the concept of human security and what it might mean to implement such a concept.

This book will appeal to all those interested in issues of peace and conflict, in particular to students of politics and international relations.

About the Author:
Mary Kaldor isProfessor of Global Governance at the London School of Economics and Political Science

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a marvellous combination of contemporary history andpolitical analysis. Mary Kaldor’s collection of essays on thechallenges of human security is wonderfully illuminating. It givesthe reader a firm grip on the momentous – and often deeplytragic – events over the last two decades, as well asdemystifying the problems of war and peace we face today. Theexploration of the global civil society is particularly originaland timely."
Amartya Sen, Harvard University

“An authoritative and highly readable reconstruction ofthe intellectual and political discussions on issues such as globalsociety, human rights, humanitarian intervention ... recommendedreading for IR students, practitioners and all those wishing toengage with an influential analysis of the complexities inherent inhumanities intervention.”
Political Studies Review

"Kaldor has provided an influential contribution to the debateon international relations ... one which makes for an easy andenjoyable read."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745638546
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: Please Select a Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 529,101
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1: A Decade of Humanitarian Intervention, 1991-2000.

Chapter 2: American Power: From Compellance toCosmopolitanism?.

Chapter 3 : Nationalism and Globalisation.

Chapter 4: Intervention in the Balkans: an unfinished learningprocess.

Chapter 5: The Idea of Global Civil Society.

Chapter 6: Just War and Just Peace.

Chapter 7: Human Security

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