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"The Changing Definition of Security"

Sperling, James and Kirchner, Emil J. (1995) "The Changing Definition of Security". In: UNSPECIFIED, Charleston, South Carolina. (Unpublished)

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    [From the introduction] A reconfiguration of Europe's strategic landscape and a redefinition of security have taken place in Europe. The security concerns of individual states and the NATO alliance have expanded and now embrace not only the preoccupation with territorial integrity and military security, but also include issues ranging from macroeconomic stability to environmental degradation. This broadened redefinition of security raises an important question: what connections are there between the military and these broader nonmilitary elements of security? For the greater part of the cold war era, security was conceived primarily, if not exclusively, in terms of military security, in terms of sustaining the nuclear balance of terror between the superpowers and the conventional balance of power on the Eurasian landmass. Despite the heavy emphasis upon the military element of national security, attention was paid to the economic underpinnings of military prowess. Nonetheless, economic issues were subordinated and treated as an adjunct to the more important and pressing issue of military security. Economic security was not a relevant analytical category until the late 1960s.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > economic policy
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > historical development of EC (pre-1986)
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > environmental policy (including international arena)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1995 (4th), May 11-14, 1995
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2008
    Page Range: p. 55
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:47

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