Why human security matters: rethinking Australian foreign policy

Why human security matters: rethinking Australian foreign policy. Edited by Dennis Altman, Joseph Camilleri, Robyn Eckersley and Gerhard Hoffstaedter Crows Nest, NSW, Australia: Allen & Unwin, 2012.

Title Why human security matters: rethinking Australian foreign policy
Place of Publication Crows Nest, NSW, Australia
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Publication year 2012
Sub-type Edited book
ISBN 9781743312025
Language eng
Editor Dennis Altman
Joseph Camilleri
Robyn Eckersley
Gerhard Hoffstaedter
Collection year 2013
Year available 2012
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Threats to Australian security today are more likely to come from climate change or international criminal networks than in the form of a military attack. Why Human Security Matters sets a framework for understanding human security, from food supply to drug cartels, setting Australian issues in a regional context.
Q-Index Code AX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Abstract Sea level rises pose a greater long term threat to Australia's coastline and major capital cities than a military attack by a foreign power. Citizens are more likely to experience a pandemic virus than a nuclear threat. Food shortages have already occurred as a result of flood or drought, and the tentacles of international trade in drugs, money laundering and human trafficking already reach far into Australian communities. Why Human Security Matters argues that Australian external relations needs to treat the 'soft' issues of security as seriously as it treats the 'hard' realities of military defence, but also the many complex situations in-between, whether it be civil war, political upheaval, terrorism or piracy. Australia needs to do this first and foremost in our region, but also in relation to the unresolved regional and global security issues as we confront an increasingly uncertain and turbulent world. With contributions from leading thinkers in foreign policy and strategic studies, Why Human Security Matters is essential reading for anyone seeking a thoughtful and thought-provoking analysis of Australia's place in an age of transition.

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