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Human Security

An Interview With Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator in Iran: Human Security and Environment

Yasamin Beitollahi | Posted 07.31.2015 | World
Yasamin Beitollahi

Mr. Lewis is a national of Barbados and has served with the United Nations for 25 years in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. His current post with the UN is Resident Coordinator in Iran. The following video is a Ted Talk Gary recently gave at TEDxKish in Kish, Iran followed by an interview about Iran's water crisis.

Obama's Last National Security Strategy

John Feffer | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

This National Security Strategy will not likely silence administration critics or secure the White House for a Democratic successor in 2016. But it at least illuminates what Obama will try to accomplish globally in his last two years in office and, more importantly, how he will spin those efforts.

Detente From Below

John Feffer | Posted 09.01.2013 | World
John Feffer

The end of the Cold War promised a remapping of European security. The Warsaw Pact disbanded officially in 1991, though it had functionally ceased to exist at the end of 1989. NATO, without its longstanding opponent, no longer had a raison d'être.

Failing States

Christopher Holshek | Posted 06.02.2012 | World
Christopher Holshek

Failing states are failing states. The difference between over there and over here, however, is that we have been stacking the deck against ourselves.

Healing Memories: An Exchange With Peacemaker Mohamed Sahnoun

Katherine Marshall | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

We spend 15 times more to kill each other than to heal. We must correct that.

The Morning After

Christopher Holshek | Posted 11.12.2011 | World
Christopher Holshek

It's healthy to reflect on the past, but we tend to remember, and then forget again the morning after.

Six Things to Grieve on 9/11 Anniversary

Lisa Schirch | Posted 11.12.2011 | World
Lisa Schirch

Without any real public deliberation or contemplation, the U.S. rolled out the Global War on Terror playbook that instead of bringing security, has brought an expanded list of reasons to grieve and things to think about on this anniversary.

The Real False Sense of Security

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

The flow of events may now be creating the conditions to expand our political and military room to maneuver on the Asian landmass and ultimately reorient U.S. foreign-policy priorities.

A 3D Approach to US Foreign Policy

Lisa Schirch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

What does it mean for the US to take a 3D -- development, diplomacy, and defense -- approach to foreign policy?

Egypt and the US "We Know Best" Syndrome

Lisa Schirch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

With countries across the Middle East now teetering between stability and change, it is hard to tell what President Obama means when he invokes the concept of stability.

Sleeping With the Fishes: A World Without Trust

James D. Zirin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
James D. Zirin

What we need to restore confidence is some definition of what we can reasonably expect of our government and what our government can reasonably expect from us.

How Do We Be Safe?

John Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Graham

"Human security" means far more than physically protecting people from the violence of wars and terrorist attacks. It means addressing the root causes of insecurity that are real seeds of violence.

Beyond the Battlefield: Obama Cabinet Takes on Human Security

Marie Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marie Wilson

It is increasingly apparent that conventional approaches of military and national defense are not enough to ensure the safety of the people and the state.