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Gender, Violence, and Human SecurityCritical Feminist Perspectives$
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Aili Mari Tripp, Myra Marx Ferree, and Christina Ewig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770207

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770207.001.0001

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The Vulnerable Protecting the Vulnerable

The Vulnerable Protecting the Vulnerable

NGOs and Human Security in the Aftermath of War

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(p.214) 9 The Vulnerable Protecting the Vulnerable
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Gender, Violence, and Human Security
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Laura J. Heideman

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814770207.003.0009

This chapter argues, in the context of postwar Croatia, that human security issues are of central concern and should not be treated as secondary to state security. Moreover, the causes of state insecurity and human insecurity are similar, necessitating solutions that are intertwined. From the Greek Civil War in the 1940s to the more recent conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, research has shown that local ruptures were more important than national ones. Thus, addressing human security concerns is not just a dividend of peace. It is indispensable to postconflict reconstruction and preventing the recurrence of conflict. It also puts people's welfare at the center of the agenda, along with their priorities and needs.

Keywords:   postwar Croatia, human security issues, state security, state insecurity, human insecurity, postconflict reconstruction

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