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The complexity of security dimensions: a comparison of the North-West and South-East European regions

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posted on 2015-10-28, 10:12 authored by Ksenia ChmutinaKsenia Chmutina, Milos Jovanovic, Lee Bosher, Andrew Dainty, Joachim Burbiel
Prone to multiple interpretations, ‘security’ is becoming a multiple and hence, nebulous concept. Security can be associated with national security and the State’s military power; notions of the individual safety; or human values and fundamental rights issues. This is clearly demonstrated in Europe with various member states using various concepts of security, making them event and space specific. Using two case study regions, this paper demonstrates the increasing complexity of the concept of security, as prominent security discourses and their impacts and consequences fall across more than one category of security dimensions. A large number of actors involved in, and affected by, security issues makes it harder to identify security dimensions. The political, economic, environmental and other security dimensions are interconnected and form a complex system of inter- and intra- dependent networks. Understanding these complexities will aid policy makers in formulating measures that influence an evolving European concept of security.



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CHMUTINA, K. ... et al., 2015. The complexity of security dimensions: a comparison of the North-West and South-East European regions. IN: Beyerer, J., Meissner, A. and Geisler, J. (eds.) Proceedings of Future Security, Berlin, 15-17 September, pp. 169 - 176.


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This paper was published in the proceedings of the Security Research Conference, 10th Future Security Berlin, September 15 – 17, 2015. Jürgen Beyerer, Andreas Meissner, Jürgen Geisler (Eds.) FRAUNHOFER VERLAG ISBN 978-3-8396-0908-8.




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