Mark Duffield

Human Security and the Development-Security Nexus. An historical overview

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Keywords: Human Security; Development-Security Nexus; Liberal Interventionism; Resilience.

This chapter gives an overview of the rise and fall of the idea of human security within the related fields of development and international studies. Human security is analysed as a product of the so-called development-security nexus. While the Cold War origins of the nexus are briefly examined, as a focal point of international aid policy, human security emerged in the early 1990s. Indeed, its main function was to provide a moral justification and practical guide for post-Cold War liberal interventionism. However, with the launch of the War on Terror at the end of 2001, it began to fall from fashion. Today, human security lives on as a legacy concept rather than a guide to action. As a means of mobilising international opinion and framing policy, it has been replaced by the constellation of ideas and practices associated with resilience.

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