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In A Deluge of Consequences, the first World Policy e-book, intrepid journalist Jacques Leslie takes us along on a mythic, spell-binding trip to the bucolic kingdom of Bhutan, where the planet's next environmental disaster is set to unfold. 

 

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The  World Policy Institute understands that policymakers and opinion leaders need creative ways to catalyze innovation and engage wider coalitions in solving some of the world’s biggest challenges.  By working with artists focused on the same issues, this cross-cutting initiative seeks to build a new, collaborative model for social change. 

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Human Security

The Promoting Human Security in the Policy Menu project seeks to re-draw policy options to explicitly consider human security as an essential component of conflict prevention and mediation in vulnerable states. In the process, it will promote dialogue and collaboration between the traditional "hard" security field and the "softer" participants who are essential to the success of traditionally defined military security approaches. It will broaden the definition of security and promote a re-allocation of security resources to non-traditional yet crucial issue areas and actors, ideally resulting in more effective policy decisions and strategies. In particular, it will identify and increase understanding of under-recognized human security aspects of policy strategies for states at risk, with a particular emphasis on the engagement of civil society actors; the impact of climate change, environmental degradation, and resource shortages on migration and ethnic conflict; and the linkage between development and violence. Traditional security discourse focuses heavily on the "hard" aspects of security in post-conflict and vulnerable states. Yet in states at risk –those that are vulnerable to imminent collapse and those emerging from recent conflict, "hard" security approaches cannot succeed without significant concurrent efforts in the "softer" area of human security. Broadly defined, human security includes freedom from want and fear and encompasses priorities such as economic development, social justice, rule of law, democratic capacity, environmental protection, and disarmament. Share/Save