Accession Number : ADA497026


Title :   The European Union's Human Security Doctrine: A Critical Analysis


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Berg, Lisa C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a497026.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 59


Abstract : The term human security first officially appeared on the scene of international relations in 1994, with a report by the United Nations Human Development Program. The concept has fast been gaining supporters and sparking associated intellectual debate. It challenges the traditional concept of security by contending that the central focus of security efforts should be the individual human being, not the nation state, as has been -- and remains -- the typical focus of analysis. This thesis investigates the hypothesis that the doctrine of human security, which has been featured in official policy statements of the European Union (EU), is not yet well formulated. Partly because it is inconsistently defined, it has been difficult to implement. Four criticisms stand out, namely, that the human security concept is vague, incoherent, arbitrary, and difficult to operationalize. The EU has nonetheless attempted to make human security an element of its European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP), with mixed results.


Descriptors :   *HUMANS , *SECURITY , *DOCTRINE , *EUROPEAN UNION , *EVOLUTION(GENERAL) , *POLICIES , ETHICS , HYPOTHESES , CIVILIAN POPULATION , UNITED NATIONS , SOCIAL WELFARE , COMMUNITY RELATIONS , CONFLICT , HISTORY , THESES , THEORY , LITERATURE SURVEYS , WARFARE , PROTECTION


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Humanities and History


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE