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Human Rights, Human Security, and State Security

The Intersection

by Saul Takahashi, Editor


To what extent should the international community go to defend human rights?

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July 2014


Pages 775
Volumes 3
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Security Studies/General

This book provides innovative thinking from a variety of perspectives on the important human rights, human security, and national security policy issues of today—and how these issues intersect.

The issue of human security comes into play in nearly every important policy debate in global politics, and the protection of human rights is now recognized as one of the main functions of any legitimate modern state. How can the international community best ensure that human rights are protected while simultaneously protecting state security? Who should intervene in cases of mass, gross violations, and when are military actions justified? This book seeks to address and explore these difficult and pressing questions by presenting the differing views of commentators from various ends of the spectrum.

Human Rights, Human Security, and State Security: The Intersection consists of three volumes, with each focusing primarily on one of the three broad areas while also drawing connections between them. A powerful resource for policy makers and practitioners in national governments, members of international organizations, and scholars, the innovative thinking presented will give readers a deepened understanding of the various international issues and help them to formulate effective policies in today's complex international landscape.


  • Provides insightful, informed viewpoints by scholars as well as policy makers and practitioners on human rights, human security, and national security, and how these three areas intersect
  • Supplies innovative, even provocative thinking on the important issues facing national and international policy makers
  • Offers diverse opinion essays by experts from a wide range of disciplines, supplying a balanced approach to the complex issues rather than a one-dimensional view
  • Examines the intersections of topics such as poverty, migration, drug control, terrorism, environmental security, and international crime with human rights, human security, and national security policy issues
Series Description

Praeger Security International

As the world gets "smaller" through technology and globalization, the security risks we face grow and multiply.

International security in the 21st century is not a topic that can be adequately addressed in nightly news soundbites or online articles intended to be relevant for 24 hours or less. Comprehending these complex issues requires insight from foreign policy specialists, diplomats, military officials, peace scholars, historians, and security experts—participants and observers on all sides of each conflict. This series provides the tools for understanding security issues in our uncertain, unstable world.

Covering global hot spots from Iran to Venezuela and subjects ranging from terrorism and cyber warfare to food security, books in the Praeger Security International series give readers access to carefully considered and highly informed viewpoints on the critical security issues that threaten to destabilize our world. With titles authored by diplomats, academic researchers, journalists, military leaders and combatants, legal experts, psychologists, and other knowledgeable specialists, these books offer in-depth analysis and international perspectives that are unavailable in the mass media. These titles represent an invaluable resource for students, researchers, and policymakers as well as for anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the complex issues that affect our lives and future.


  • Provides reliable, comprehensive information on all matters relating to security that is ideal for students, teachers, researchers, and professionals
  • Offers insightful commentaries written by a diverse group of scholars and experts who provide interdisciplinary treatments of newsworthy events and important historical occurrences
Author Info

Saul Takahashi, LLM, is Deputy Head of Office in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian territory. He has numerous publications on a wide range of issues related to human rights, international law, and drug control, in both English and Japanese. Takahashi holds a bachelor's degree from Waseda University as well as a master of laws degree from the University of Essex and is currently working toward a doctorate in law at the University of Vienna.

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