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Bezbednost i životna sredina: kako ih povezati?
Security And Environment: How To Connect Them?

Author(s): Milovan Vuković
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Универзитет у Нишу
Keywords: Environmental Issue; Security; State-Centristic Approach; Non-state Centristic Approach

Summary/Abstract: Global degradation processes now occupy a prominent position in interna- tional affairs and are recognized as a legitimate concern of security studies. Numerous scholars, policy-makers, and activists alike have suggested broadening of the security concept beyond its traditional geo-political and military forms in such a way that it should also consider environmental threats that seriously jeopardize human well-being. This article analyzes conceptual and theoretical arguments that have been made for the incorporation of environmental issues in traditional concepts – such as the notion of national security, non-traditional concepts of security, and the notion of human security. Strategies for incorporation of environmental issues in various secu- rity concepts are distinguished on the basis of whether they are: (1) a threat to a state or non-state referent such as society, groups, and individuals, or, (2) related or to the military sector or not. Based on a critical analysis of the current security conceptions, a pluralistic theoretical approach is proposed as the most appropriate strategy for research in the area of international environmental security.

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 04
  • Page Range: 691-712
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: English