International security policy

The meaning of security (and thus the field of security studies) has changed considerably since the end of the Cold War. While in the 1950s security largely referred to military security and the emerging discipline of Security Studies mainly dealt with concepts such as arms races and nuclear doctrines, the post-Cold War security agenda has become even broader. Today, politicians, journalists, and researchers also discuss issues like “human security." “cyber security,” “water security,” or the security implications of “climate change.” What has not changed since the 1950s is the necessity to scrutinize the notion of security. After all, every day, people are killed, displaced, or threatened in the name of “security.”

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