| Developing ideas: Issue 5 |
This issue of Developing Ideas is about new ways of thinking about the security of people - and their environment- in the post-Cold War era. Now that worries about spies and subterfuge need not occupy our every thought, a new trend is emerging that sees security in broader brushstrokes than mere brute force. This idea of common security is that peace can be strengthened by cultivating networks of healthy ecosystems and societies and though this may seem fairly obvious, it is only now being treated with much seriousness.
Our latest line-up of hot ideas in SD begins with a deeper look at the notion of common security itself (DI #1). We then explore two of the chief mechanisms being used by decision-makers to achieve this new vision of security multi-stakeholder processes for building agreement among competing interest groups (Dl #2), and Internet openness for public tracking of otherwise private decision-making (DI #3). Which nations are actively developing a national vision for common security? This is the question we try to answer in our look at 'sustainable nations' (and unsustainable ones) (DI #4). Finally we examine emerging water conflicts and new regional resource sharing arrangements as one of the critical challenges in the field of common security.
As ever, we hope you en joy the latest of Developing Ideas and look forward to hearing your thoughts for future issues.