Why Human Security Matters

Description: Why Human Security Matters argues that Australian external relations needs to treat the 'soft' issues of security as seriously as it treats the 'hard' realities of military defence.

Sea level rises pose a greater long term threat to Australia's coastline and major capital cities than a military attack by a foreign power. Citizens are more likely to experience a pandemic virus than a nuclear threat. Food shortages have already occurred as a result of flood or drought, and the tentacles of international trade in drugs, money laundering and human trafficking already reach far into Australian communities.

Why Human Security Matters argues that Australian external relations needs to treat the 'soft' issues of security as seriously as it treats the 'hard' realities of military defence, but also the many complex situations in-between, whether it be civil war, political upheaval, terrorism or piracy. Australia needs to do this first and foremost in our region, but also in relation to the unresolved regional and global security issues as we confront an increasingly uncertain and turbulent world.

Editors

  • Dennis Altman is an Emeritus Professorial Fellow in Human Security at La Trobe University
  • Joseph Camilleri is an Emeritus Professor of International Relations at Latrobe University
  • Robyn Eckersley is Professor of Political Science in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.
  • Gerhard Hoffstaedter is DECRA research fellow and Lecturer in Anthropology in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland. Previously he was a research fellow at the Institute for Human Security, La Trobe University.

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