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While security is the most fundamental of all political goals and personal desires, it is a condition that, in practice, is difficult to attain or advance, in large part because it is inherently relative, subjective, and multifaceted. The idea of “international security,” in political parlance and practice, reflects this in assuming that security at an individual, social, or national level is, to some degree, determined by events and political interactions external to a given country. This “internationalization” of security has advanced in line with the onset of globalization and the related changes that occurred to the international political landscape, particularly after the ending of the cold war. However, this internationalization has also come to be accompanied by much greater contestation over what the political pursuit ...

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