chapter  8
30 Pages

Changing Worlds of Security

ByKarin M. Fierke

In recent years scholars of International Relations have been preoccupied with redefining security, which implies that the meaning of this concept as used in the Cold War context has changed.1 The purpose of this article is to return to the rough ground of the everyday language of the Cold War and its aftermath to trace the changes that gave rise to these definitional questions on the part of scholars. The task is not to ask how we should redefine security but, rather, what the meaning of security for actors was within this context and how this world was transformed, given the regularities and constraints assumed by the logic of security dilemmas.