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Title: Changing security : theoretical and practical discussions : the case of Lebanon
Author: Smaira, Dima
ISNI:       0000 0004 5351 6887
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2014
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This study is concerned with security; particularly security in Lebanon. It is also equally concerned with various means to improve security. Building on debates at the heart of world politics and Security Studies, this study first discusses trends in global governance, in the study of security, and in security assistance to post-conflict or developing countries. It pays particular attention to the theoretical contributions of critical security studies, the conceptual contributions of human security, and the policy-relevant contributions of Security Sector Reform. It then moves on to examine the case of Lebanon, with particular emphasis on that country’s precarious security. It examines Lebanon’s problematic prevailing system and highlights efforts of progressive groups in transforming Lebanon’s system. Importantly, it also studies Lebanon’s security sector: both contemporary developments and historical circumstances that led up to its chronic weakness. In doing so, this study examines international aid efforts to Lebanon’s security sector, and problematizes both external and domestic roles in the reform process. This study draws links between debates and experience taking place at various levels and the security of Lebanon. It argues for a transformative process to achieve stability and human security in Lebanon. In light of this, this study is in favour of a progressive approach combining state and non-state actors – thus recommending an institutional approach that is responsive to bottom-up voices of positive change. Nevertheless, this study’s scope is limited; it therefore puts forward suggestions and recommendations which involve Lebanon’s security sector and which can positively contribute to human security.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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