"Beyond Borders and Bullets" in Chronicle of Higher Education Review Quotes ECSP Director Geoff Dabelko

Human Security's Influence Limited But Growing, Says Dabelko

Jul 11, 2008

ECSP Director Geoff Dabelko is featured in "Beyond Borders and Bullets," an article by Peter Monaghan in the June 27, 2008, edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education Review that explores the impact of human security, an approach to foreign policy and national security that includes nontraditional threats.

In the article, Dabelko appraises human security's impact on the military:


[T]he Wilson Center's Geoffrey Dabelko says the field of human security remains peripheral in the overall scope of military planning. Although more than a dozen members from military colleges attended a Wilson Center seminar on human security last year, "it's not replacing the other stuff," Dabelko says. He is not discouraged. "The argument is not that it should replace [traditional approaches]," he says, "but that we have to diversify."

Proponents of human security argue that international relations and national security must account not only for traditional security concerns like weapons of mass destruction and terrorism, but also for unconventional threats such as environmental degradation, demographic shifts, and extreme poverty.

In addition to Dabelko, Monaghan also quoted many long-time friends of ECSP: Richard Matthew of the University of California, Irvine; Daniel Deudney of the Johns Hopkins University; Andrew Mack of Simon Fraser University, Michael Watts of the University of California, Berkeley; and Kent Butts of the U.S. Army War College.

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