Tag: Conflict trends

Paradigms lost

Trends in international security policy discourse after World War II

By Kjølv Egeland
29 September 2014

The international security environment is constantly evolving, and so is international security policy discourse. The argument put forward in this paper is twofold. With respect to the international security environment, traditional interstate conflict has been increasingly supplanted by internal and internationalised internal conflicts. In parallell, the international security policy discourse has moved from an exclusive focus on state security to include notions of human security. It thus covers a wider range of actors and issues than it did before. Moreover, old policy elements such as nuclear deterrence are largely absent from the current debate.