Throughout the history of academia, the term national security has been the subject of much semantic debate. As a part of their discourse on national security, researchers Prabhakaran Paleri, Luís Tomé, Monageng Mogalakwe, and Arnold Wolfers all refer to the concept of national security as elusive, keenly contested, controverted, and ambiguous. Interestingly, the term national security has been given a variety of reference points by academics, heads of state, politicians, policymakers, military leaders, and researchers to mean a policy objective, a field of study, and/or an analytical concept.

Author Shubhda Chaudhary cogitates that there is no clear definition of what constitutes national security in international jurisprudence as there are multiple layers of meaning and history associated with it, and Kim R. Holmes in her work ...

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