From Within and Without: Sustainable Security in the Middle East and North Africa.

14 12 2009

URL: http://www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/publications/briefing_papers/withinandwithout.php. Source: Oxford Research Group.

As in much of the world, the current security discourse in the Middle East and North Africa is dominated by what might be called the ‘control paradigm’: an approach based on the premise that insecurity can be controlled through military force or balance of power politics and containment, thus maintaining the status quo. The most obvious global example of this approach has been the so-called ‘war on terror’, which essentially aims to ‘keep the lid’ on terrorism and insecurity, without addressing the root causes (an approach that has negatively impacted on the region). Such approaches to national, regional and international security are deeply flawed – particularly if not complemented by diplomatic efforts – and are distracting the world’s politicians from developing realistic and sustainable solutions to the non- traditional threats facing the world.

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