Human Security and the UN by S.Neil MacFarlane
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Human Security and the UN
By S.Neil MacFarlane

Human Security and the UN

A Critical History

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Human Security and the UN by S.Neil MacFarlane

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How did the individual human being become the focus of the contemporary discourse on security? What was the role of the United Nations in "securing" the individual? What are the payoffs and costs of this extension of the concept? Neil MacFarlane and Yuen Foong Khong tackle these questions by analyzing historical and contemporary debates about what is to be secured. From Westphalia through the 19th century, the state's claim to be the object of security was sustainable because it offered its subjects some measure of protection. The state's ability to provide security for its citizens came under heavy strain in the 20th century as a result of technological, strategic, and ideological innovations. By the end of World War II, efforts to reclaim the security rights of individuals gathered pace, as seen in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a host of United Nations covenants and conventions. MacFarlane and Khong highlight the UN's work in promoting human security ideas since the 1940s, giving special emphasis to its role in extending the notion of security to include development, economic, environmental, and other issues in the 1990s.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253218391
ISBN-10: 025321839X
Format: Paperback
(5983mm x 3971mm x 23mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 13-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - S.Neil MacFarlane

S. Neil MacFarlane is Lester B. Pearson Professor of International Relations and Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University and Professional Fellow at St. Anne's College. Yuen Foong Khong is John G. Winant University Lecturer in American Foreign Policy and Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University.

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