June 30 – July 2 , 2004
Geneva Switzerland

About the Meeting

“Human Security: Issues, Linkages and Challenges” will engage and examine several of the themes and questions that arise as we increasingly have to recognise the significance of this relatively new concept and the practical challenges that it poses in a world that for so long has been driven primarily or solely by the logic and the imperatives of state sovereignty and national security.” The latter, of course, continues to play a major role in academic and policy debates and in critical policy choices, but its exclusive hold on our imagination has been called into question by the reports of the Commission on Human Security and of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has argued publicly that it is time for states’ governments as well as the UN as an institution to take concrete action to address the human security agenda.

Plenary Titles

    • Session 1 – The Challenge to Human Security in the 21st Century
    • Session 2 – From Prevention to Rehabilitation: Breaking the Conflict Cycle
    • Session 3 – Freedom from Want: Globalization and Human Security
    • Session 4 – Human Security Put to the Test: The Iraq Experience



Hans Corell 125

John Holmes Memorial Lecture – Craig Murphy
ACUNS Chair, Wellesley College
Law or Empire? Human Security, the US and the UN