Japan and the challenge of human security: the founding of a by Bert Edström

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L. Murray, ‘Rethinking Human Security’, Political Science Quarterly 116:4 (Winter 2001/2002), p. 593. ’, p. 95. , pp. 88, 97. , p. 102. , p. 88. ’72 As is easy to see, this reasoning is contradictory. On the one hand, Paris describes the concept as being of little use but, on the other, he claims that it has led to significant achievements. He finds the vagueness of this new international buzz-word unsatisfactory and tries to save it by making it more precise. Finding vagueness of the concept endemic, he disregards it as not being useful for policy-makers but argues that it has potential value for scholars: Human security does not appear to offer a particularly useful framework of analysis for scholars or policymakers.

38 The UNDP Human Security Concept The 1994 report issued by the UNDP shifted the focus of the international discourse on security. The security concept presented in this report became a benchmark for a ‘new’ security agenda. The UNDP security conception has a structure that differs from the predominant idea of national security in several respects. Using the new security concept gives radically different answers to Baldwin’s questions than when security is looked at using national security as the prism.

85 Rapidly expanding numbers of adherents and protagonists found it intuitively attractive. 86 It is a positivelyladen term, like peace. Who could be against this Mr Nice Concept? 83 Arnold Wolfers, ‘“National Security” as an Ambiguous Symbol’, Political Science Quarterly 67:4 (December 1952), p. 481. 84 Daniel Traschler, ‘Menschliche Sicherheit: Klärungsbedürftiges Konzept, vielversprechende Praxis’, Bulletin zur schweizerischen Sicherheitspolitik 2003, p. 95. This was also the situation in Japan for a start, when the meaning of human security was described differently in governmental reports as pointed out in Yusuke Dan, ‘A Brief Review of Human Security’, Human Security 4 (1999/2000), pp.

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