The Utility of the Human Security Agenda for Policy-makers

Kerr, P., Tow, W. T. and Hanson, M. J. (2003) The Utility of the Human Security Agenda for Policy-makers. Asian Journal of Political Science, 11 2: 89-114. doi:10.1080/02185370308434229

Author Kerr, P.
Tow, W. T.
Hanson, M. J.
Title The Utility of the Human Security Agenda for Policy-makers
Journal name Asian Journal of Political Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0218-5377
Publication date 2003-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02185370308434229
Volume 11
Issue 2
Start page 89
End page 114
Total pages 26
Editor L. Lai To
Place of publication Singapore
Publisher Brill Times Academic Press
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
360105 International Relations
750701 Understanding international relations
Abstract The idea of “human security” is gaining attention among policy-makers and security analysts. Little scholarly attention has been given to the questions of why states accept (or reject) a human security agenda or how such an agenda is incorporated into policy practices. The article suggests that a human security approach is most likely to be applied when both humanitarian and national interests combine. Yet when states or organisations adopt a human security approach, they often misjudge the complex and long-term commitment required of such an approach. There is also the potential for such an agenda to be manipulated to justify questionable courses of action. These issues frame an analysis of six recent case studies.
Q-Index Code C1
Additional Notes Special Issue: The Relevance of International Relations Theory After September 11

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