A Human Security Doctrine for Europe explores the actual needs of individual people in conflict areas, rather than using a conventional institutional or geo-political perspectives.

This new volume proposes that Europe should develop a new kind of human security capability that involves the military, the police and civilians all working together to enforce law rather than to fight wars. It argues that threats such as weapons of mass destruction or terrorism can only be countered if we address the insecurity of people in all parts of the world.

Many people in the world lead intolerably insecure lives. In large parts of Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia and the Middle East, men and women live in daily fear of violent attacks, kidnapping, rape, extortion, robbery or trafficking. The existence of large military apparatuses does not create security; indeed, as in Iraq, the use of regular military forces may only make things worse. This stimulating study includes:

  • two chapters setting out the changed global context and proposing new approaches to security
  • five regional studies on the Balkans, the Great Lakes Region, the Middle East, the South Caucasus and West-Africa
  • four studies on different aspects of EU security policy, including the legal setting, the role of women, operational principles and the role of the new member states
  • four operational studies on capabilities, resources and institutional embedding

Written by a diverse team of international experts, this book will of be of strong interest to students and researchers of security studies, peace studies, human rights and international relations.

part |39 pages


chapter |17 pages

A human security vision for Europe and beyond

ByMarlies Glasius, Mary Kaldor

chapter |21 pages

The challenges of re-establishing a public monopoly of violence

ByHerbert Wulf

part |130 pages

A bottom-up approach

chapter |28 pages

Old and new insecurity in the Balkans

Lessons from the EU's involvement in Macedonia
ByDenisa Kostovicova

chapter |22 pages

The Great Lakes region

Security vacuum and European legacy
ByVictoria Brittain, Augusta Conchiglia

chapter |28 pages

Sierra Leone's war in a regional context

Lessons from interventions
ByDavid Keen

chapter |27 pages

Human security in the South Caucasus

ByMient Jan Faber, Mary Kaldor

chapter |23 pages

Middle East security

A view from Palestine, Israel and Iraq
ByYahia Said

part |75 pages

A framework for operations

chapter |16 pages

Culture and capabilities of the new EU members

ByPavel Seifter

chapter |16 pages

Principles for the use of the military in support of law enforcement operations

Implementing the European security strategy
ByAndrew Salmon, Kaldor Mary

part |78 pages

Capabilities, resources and institutions

chapter |15 pages

What colour is your elephant?

The military aspect of European security
ByChristopher Ankersen

chapter |26 pages

Civilian tasks and capabilities in EU operations

ByRenata Dwan

chapter |21 pages

Equipment, resources and inter-operability

ByGeneviève Schméder

chapter |14 pages

Embedding a bottom-up approach to European security

ByStefanie Flechtner