The military and human security Kees Homan 1 Introduction Human security is a people-centred approach which has gained considerable attention in recent years. How human security is defined and applied is still a matter of discussion and growing experience. Despite the different definitions, interpretations and accents, the various understandings of human security share several common characteristics. Human security: • tends to start from individual citizens and the communities in which they live, rather than from states; • approaches person-centred security as an integral element of international peace and security; • recognises that the security of states is essential but not sufficient to guarantee person-centred security and well-being; • focuses on threats to persons, whether their origin may be military or non- military; and • considers security a continuum that starts with conflict prevention and extends over intervention to conflict resolution. 2 This article will focus on the role of the military in the field of human security. As a matter of fact, from a broad perspective, human security might already be said to be playing a direct or indirect part in military doctrine and operations through: the Geneva Conventions; the development of Peace Support Operations doctrines; progress in
Security and Human Rights – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
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