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Securization and Desecurization - Ole Waever

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Political Science
POLI 341
Imad Mansour

Securitization and Desecuritization Ole WaeverIntro y The classical interpretation of security that focused on the state was very narrowBut since the end of the 1980s the field has expanded to include varied notions of what security is with various authors trying to define the underlining themes of security y The author disagrees with this established more is better ideology of security strategists He will present his own interpretation of security as a speech act and demonstrate his argument through 4 examples of securitizationdesecuritizationConcept of Security y Since the end of the 80s there has been a broadening of the concept of security as exemplified by Johan Galtung and Jan berg alternative concept of security based on four sets of positive goals related to human needs survival development freedom and identity o Encompasses broad problems such as economics environment y The biggest problem Waever sees with the new approach is that it extends the security debate from a strictly national level interpretation to also encompass the individual and international levels The author contends that the security debate has always been about states o He takes the example of Buzan who wrote a book trying to incorpor
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