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Series in Human Security

Series editors Geoffrey Dabelko, Brandon Kendhammer, and Nukhet Sandal seek innovative proposals from scholars and practitioners in human security at the local, national, and transnational levels. The series concerns itself with the lived experience of people in zones of conflict as well as with theoretical and methodological innovations in the field.

Broad categories of interest include

  • Human security as a conceptual framework: trends, challenges, and prospects
  • Food security: malnutrition, food deserts, conflict-driven famine
  • Economic security: access to resources, neocolonialism, large-scale economic crises, microfinance, poverty, corruption, inequality, politics of development and international aid
  • Health security: infectious diseases, access to health services, water and sanitation, health and conflict
  • Environmental security: climate change, natural resource distribution, pollution, geography of conflict
  • Personal security: crime, smuggling, human trafficking, refugees and asylum seekers, gender and conflict
  • Community security: ethnic conflict, religious conflict, minority rights, race and discrimination, genocide, humanitarian/military interventions, postconflict justice, population displacement
  • Political security: human rights, discrimination, systematic torture, repression, disappearances, courts and tribunals, truth and reconciliation, fragile or failed states

The Series in Human Security is published in association with Ohio University’s War and Peace Studies and African Studies programs at the Center for International Studies and the Environmental Studies Program at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.


Geoffrey Dabelko
Professor and Director of Environmental Studies
Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Ohio University
Senior Advisor, Environmental Change and Security Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

Brandon Kendhammer
Assistant Professor, Political Science
Acting Director of African Studies, Ohio University

Nukhet Sandal
Assistant Professor, Political Science
Director of War and Peace Studies, Ohio University


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Women’s Perspectives on Human Security
Violence, Environment, and Sustainability
Edited by Richard Matthew, Patricia A. Weitsman, Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Nora Davis, and Tera Dornfeld

This multidisciplinary collection examines women’s security threats stemming from conflict, environmental policy, and economic limitations, as well as the growing repertoire of grass-roots solutions women are creating, demanding, and sharing throughout the world to increase their security.

Political Science | Security (National & International) · Women’s Studies · Human Rights


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Exiting the Fragility Trap
Rethinking Our Approach to the World’s Most Fragile States
By David Carment and Yiagadeesen Samy

Carment and Samy investigate the dynamics of state transitions in fragile contexts, with a focus on states trapped in fragility. They consider fragility’s evolution in trapped countries; in those that move in and out of it; and in those that have exited it, thus taking a major step toward a new theory of the so-called fragility trap.

Public Policy · Comparative Politics · Pakistan · Bangladesh · Mali · Laos · Mozambique · Yemen

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Technologies of Suspicion and the Ethics of Obligation in Political Asylum
Edited by Bridget M. Haas and Amy Shuman

Taking everyday practices and interactions as their focus, contributors draw on various theoretical perspectives to examine how tensions between humanitarianism and security are negotiated at the local level. They thus show how asylum seekers are produced as suspicious subjects by the very systems to which they appeal for protection.

Human Rights · Anthropology