The Cosmopolitan Military: Armed Forces and Human Security by Jonathan Gilmore

By Jonathan Gilmore

What position may still nationwide militaries play in an more and more globalised and interdependent global? This ebook examines the usually tough transition they've got made towards missions geared toward holding civilians and selling human defense, and asks no matter if we'd anticipate the emergence of militia that exist to serve the broader human neighborhood.

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Cosmopolitan approaches also extend the idea of security beyond simple survival, towards the conception of security as the ability to survive, flourish and fulfil one’s potential. Elements of the cosmopolitan vision of security appear to have permeated into the inter-state diplomatic dialogue, particularly at the UN. In policy terms, there are many commonalities between the cosmopolitan vision of security and the human security and R2P agendas that are heavily couched in ideas of transborder solidarity and a human-centred account of international relations.

This is evident in the argument that human security’s purpose is to protect the vital core of all human lives in ways that enhance human freedoms and human fulfilment. Human security means protecting fundamental freedoms – freedoms that are the essence of life . . It means creating political, social, environmental, economic, military and cultural systems that together give people the building blocks of survival, livelihood and dignity (Commission on Human Security, 2003: 4). This focus is similarly evident in the notion of a ‘freedom to live in dignity’, introduced in the 2005 In Larger Freedom report.

A key question affecting the prognosis for cosmopolitan ethics within international political life is how the universal and particular are conceptualised – in relation to both interests and ethical claims – and how they interact with one another. Following from this, there is an important question of to what extent states, in their present configuration, can act as Other-regarding ethical agents. Accepting that national interests and overseas ethical commitments are not intrinsically at odds with one another does not mean that they are automatically in harmony.

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