Human Security, Climate Change and Social Resilience

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Lorraine Elliott

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Published in Lorraine Elliott and Mely Caballero-Anthony (eds), Human Security and Climate Change in Southeast Asia: Managing Risk and Resilience, Abingdon: Routledge, 2013, pp. 1-17.

This chapter examines the value of a human security approach to climate security in the context of debates about non-traditional security. It explores not just the human insecurities that are generated by climate change, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific, but examines how human security models provide different ways of interpreting climate conflict ‘triggers’, and different and more effective strategies for responding to climate insecurity. This involves an analytical move from risk to vulnerability and a strategic move from mitigation to adaptation and social resilience. Despite the challenges that this presents for more orthodox approaches to non-traditional security, it is also more certain to deliver outcomes that can guarantee security for both people and for states.

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