Preface – Human Security: From Concept to Practice – Case Studies from Northeast India and Orissa

World Scientific Series on Human Security, Vol. 1, 2011

2 Pages Posted: 30 May 2011

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Amitav Acharya

American University - School of International Service

Subrat K. Singhdeo

Madhyam Foundation

M. Rajaretnam

Asian Dialogue Society

Date Written: February 1, 2011

Abstract

Human security is a new paradigm for security, development and justice. Since it was first proposed in the 1990s, there has been an endless debate between its proponents and critics, and even among its advocates, over the meaning and utility of the concept. What is important now is to move the concept beyond the realm of theory and explore its practical applications, considering possible policy perspectives and implications. This book suggests new practical applications of the human security concept, such as human security mapping, the human security governance index and human security impact assessment. Using Northeast India and Orissa as case studies, the methodology introduced in this path-breaking book can be applied to conflict zones worldwide. By designating the individual rather than the state as the referent object of security, human security is emerging as a framework that can serve as a means to evaluate threats, foresee crises, analyze causes of discord and propose solutions entailing a redistribution of responsibilities.

Keywords: Human Security, Human Development, Northeast India, Orissa

Suggested Citation

Acharya, Amitav and Singhdeo, Subrat K. and Rajaretnam, M., Preface – Human Security: From Concept to Practice – Case Studies from Northeast India and Orissa (February 1, 2011). World Scientific Series on Human Security, Vol. 1, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1854047

Amitav Acharya (Contact Author)

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Subrat K. Singhdeo

Madhyam Foundation ( email )

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M. Rajaretnam

Asian Dialogue Society ( email )

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