The Perception of Security: The Barcelona Process
Posted: 11 Dec 2011
Date Written: October 1, 2008
This thesis asserts, supports, and argues that security is a perception based on and understood through knowledge exchanged to produce dialogue. This work focuses on the Barcelona Declaration, also known as the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. In the Barcelona Process knowledge is exchanged by ministers, officials, and representatives involved in the meetings and conferences of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. This work argues that knowledge exchanged constitutes dialogue that may be proven by the achievement of prescriptions planned for implementation by ministers, officials, and representatives that meet and conference about security issues in the Barcelona Process.
This thesis is a qualitative, inductive study. It is based on a non-traditional definition of security that was widened and deepened after the Cold War to include global, comprehensive, and human security concerns. Non-traditional definitions of security involve and promote the inclusion of political, economic, and social issues that centre on individuals, civil society, and non-governmental organizations. These definitions of security dovetail with the Euro-Mediterranean focus to establish an area of security as detailed in the Barcelona Declaration, as well as in the critical documents published and approved by representatives present at meetings of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.
In sum, this work is based upon and strengthens the notion that the perception of security is dependent on the exchange of knowledge which constitutes dialogue proven by the achievements of prescriptions put forth by ministers, officials, and representatives involved in the Barcelona Process. This work is based on the idea that through the exchange of knowledge, dialogue fosters a perception of security in the Barcelona Process, and perhaps by extension, the Euro-Mediterranean region.
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