Recasting Common Security

Author/s (editor/s):

Andy Butfoy

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Working paper

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IR Working Paper 1995/8 (PDF, 4.87MB)

Andy Butfoy, 'Recasting Common Security', IR Working Paper 1995/8, Canberra: Department of International Relations, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University, September 1995.

The recent debate on new approaches to security has been marked by a mixture of platitudinous observations and an ad hoc search for policy relevance. This has lead to: (a) shallow theory and (b) a drift away from the radicalism implied in some early notions of 'common' security; the movement has tended to be towards relatively conservative thinking on 'cooperative' security. As a result of this, the debate has not been particularly profound. Nevertheless, it is possible to breath new life into the issue.

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