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African security in the twenty-first centuryChallenges and opportunities$
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Stephen Emerson and Hussein Solomon

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526122735

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526122735.001.0001

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Thinking about security

Thinking about security

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African security in the twenty-first century
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Stephen Emerson

Hussein Solomon

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526122735.003.0002

This foundational chapter explores the evolution and meaning of “security” in the African context. It explores how the meaning has changed from the colonial period through the immediate post-independence period to today. It introduces the reader to the concept of “human security” and explains why it is particularly relevant and useful in understanding and assessing 21st century African security challenges. It questions traditional, state-centric notions of security and shows how the traditional top-down approach to African security is inadequate in addressing modern-day security challenges.

Keywords:   state security, regime security, human security paradigm, colonialism, non-traditional and transnational threats, security sector reform

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