Security and democracy in Southern Africa by edited by Gavin Cawthra, Andre du Pisani and Abillah Omari.

By edited by Gavin Cawthra, Andre du Pisani and Abillah Omari.

Southern Africa has launched into one of many world?s so much bold safeguard co-operation projects, trying to roll out the foundations of the United countries at neighborhood degrees. This publication examines the triangular courting among democratisation, the nature of democracy and its deficits, and nationwide protection practices and perceptions of 11 southern African states. It explores what effect those processes  Read more...

Democratic governance and defense: a conceptual exploration --
Comparative views on local protection co-operation between constructing international locations --
Southern African safety in ancient standpoint --
Botswana --
Lesotho --
Mauritius --
Mozambique --
Namibia --
Seychelles --
South Africa --
Swaziland --
Tanzania --
Zambia --
Zimbabwe --
Conclusions.

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It seeks to protect people against a broad range of threats to individuals and communities and, further, to empower them to act on their own behalf’. The commission (2003: 4) advances the following definition of human security: ‘to protect the vital core of all human lives in ways that enhance human freedoms and human fulfilment’. Practically, this means protecting people from critical (severe) and pervasive (widespread) threats and situations. It means using processes that build on people’s strengths and aspirations.

The second – non-military – can include serious human rights violations, famine, environmental degradation, violent crime, illicit drugs, economic collapse, infectious diseases, and natural disasters. g. human rights violations, infectious diseases, mass displacement and migration, poverty, and sustainable develop­ ment), and acknowledges, as the UN Commission on Human Security (2003) 17 WITS UNIVERSITY PRESS • SECURITY AND DEMOCRACY IN SOUTHERN AFRICA • FOURTH POSITIVE PROOF • 27 AUGUST 2007 Security and Democracy in Southern Africa compellingly shows, that they cannot be treated in isolation.

At the same time, however, one needs to sound a word of warning. A broad­ ened security agenda, while desirable, particularly in a developing context, holds potential dangers. One of these is the risk that ‘security services’ appropriate responsibility for development matters once they designate these as ‘security concerns’. This would inevitably collapse the development agenda into a security agenda. Conceptually, it is important, as Waever (1995) and Buzan, Waever, and De Wilde (1998) have reminded us, that the concept of human security has as its primary referents the values and cultures of individuals, as well as how these relate to state security.

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