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A Human Security Doctrine for Europe

Project, Principles, Practicalities, 1st Edition

Edited by Marlies Glasius, Mary Kaldor


384 pages

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A Human Security Doctrine for Europe explores the actual needs of individual people in conflict areas, rather than using a conventional institutional or geo-political perspectives.

This new volume proposes that Europe should develop a new kind of human security capability that involves the military, the police and civilians all working together to enforce law rather than to fight wars. It argues that threats such as weapons of mass destruction or terrorism can only be countered if we address the insecurity of people in all parts of the world.

Many people in the world lead intolerably insecure lives. In large parts of Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia and the Middle East, men and women live in daily fear of violent attacks, kidnapping, rape, extortion, robbery or trafficking. The existence of large military apparatuses does not create security; indeed, as in Iraq, the use of regular military forces may only make things worse. This stimulating study includes:

  • two chapters setting out the changed global context and proposing new approaches to security
  • five regional studies on the Balkans, the Great Lakes Region, the Middle East, the South Caucasus and West-Africa
  • four studies on different aspects of EU security policy, including the legal setting, the role of women, operational principles and the role of the new member states
  • four operational studies on capabilities, resources and institutional embedding

Written by a diverse team of international experts, this book will of be of strong interest to students and researchers of security studies, peace studies, human rights and international relations.

Table of Contents



List of Abbrevations

List of Maps and Tables

Part I: Introduction

A Human Security Vision for Europe and Beyond

Marlies Glasius and Mary Kaldor

The Challenges to Re-Establishing A Public Monopoly of Violence

Herbert Wulf

Part II: A Bottom-up Approach: Five Regional Studies

Old and New Insecurity in the Balkans: Lessons from the EU’s

Intervention in Macedonia

Denisa Kostovicova

The Great Lakes Region: Security Vacuum and European Legacy

Victoria Brittain and Augusta Conchiglia

Sierra Leone’s War in a Regional Context: Lessons from Interventions

David Keen

Human Security in the South Caucasus

Mient-Jan Faber and Mary Kaldor

Middle East Security: A View from Israel, Palestine and Iraq

Yahia Said

Part III: A Framework for Operations

An International Law Framework with respect to International Peace and Security

Christine Chinkin

Women as Agents of Change in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations

Sonja Licht

Culture and Capabilities of the New EU Members

Pavel Seifter

Principles for the Use of the Military in Support of Law-Enforcement Operations: Implementing the European Security Strategy

Andrew Salmon and Mary Kaldor

Part IV: Capabilities, Resources and Institutions

What Colour Is Your Elephant? The Military Aspect of European Security

Christopher Ankersen

Civilian Tasks and Capabilities in EU operations

Renata Dwan

Equipment, Resources , and Inter-operability

Geneviève Schméder

Embedding a Bottom-Up Approach to European Security

Stefanie Flechtner


A Human Security Doctrine for Europe

The Barcelona Report of the Study Group on Europe’s Security Capabilities

About the Editors

Marlies Glasius is a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Mary Kaldor is Director of the same centre and Professor of Global Governance. She is the author of New and Old Wars (1999), The Imaginary War (1990) and numerous other studies on global security. The editors are the coordinator and the convenor of the Study Group on Europe’s Security Capabilities.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

International relations is a rapidly changing area of research, reacting to and anticipating an ever more integrated and globalised world. This series aims to publish the best new work in the field of international relations, and of politics more generally. Books in the series challenge existing empirical and normative theories, and advance new paradigms as well as presenting significant new research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General