Accession Number : ADA475775


Title :   The Concept of Comprehensive Security: A Distinctive Feature of a Shared Security Culture in Europe


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Schmid, Markus


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a475775.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2007


Pagination or Media Count : 121


Abstract : Since the end of the Cold War, most European states have begun to incorporate a broader understanding of security in their security documents and policies. As a result, security is understood in a more comprehensive way. This broader understanding of security includes, for example, issue-areas such as economics, human rights, and/or the environment. In this context, this study examines whether the adoption of the concept of a comprehensive security is leading to a convergence of the security cultures in Europe. This study examines, first, the concepts of comprehensive security and security culture. Then, using a method of structured, focused comparison, the guiding security policy documents and policies of Germany, Great Britain, and Switzerland are examined with a focus on questions related to multilateralism and use of force. Analyzing these key factors and their implementation results in a better understanding of what the concept of comprehensive security implies for Europe and whether this may lead to a rapprochement of the different national security cultures. This study demonstrates that even though Europe still displays considerable heterogeneity as to diverse national understandings of security, one finds a tendency toward convergence, which leads to a growing European security culture.


Descriptors :   *SECURITY , *CULTURE , EUROPE , POLICIES , THESES , SHARING , COLD WAR , UNITED KINGDOM , SWITZERLAND , GERMANY , DOCUMENTS , DISPLAY SYSTEMS , ECONOMICS , HUMANS


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Defense Systems


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE