Human Security - Vom politischen Leitbild zum integralen Baustein eines neuen Sicherheitskonzepts?

In: S + F - Sicherheit und Frieden., Jg. 23 (2005) ; Nr. 1, S. 7-14
ISSN: 0175-274X
Zeitschriftenaufsatz / Fach: Politikwissenschaft
The concept of human security has emerged in the post-Cold War world of the 1990s. It is a concept which, ever since
its first appearance, has provoked a lot of criticism with regard to its analytical ambiguity and its political appropriateness. This
article examines the historical and theoretical evolution of different security concepts (traditional, extended, common, comprehensive,
societal and human) as well as the way in which they relate to one another. In particular, it shows how the different generations
of security concepts broaden the relevant issues at stake and finally the reference object when changing the perspective. The
conclusion that is reached in the article is that a narrow understanding of human security offers more and easier analytical value,
while a broad conception serves better as a political leitmotif for concerted foreign policy-projects.