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policy memo 9 - The question remains which is more...

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The question remains, which is more important, human security or state security? While some would always argue that the state comes before the individual, I believe that human security and the human right to life come before any institution, even the state. This concern is becoming global in perspective, as more and more states are gaining liberal ideals and focusing their energies on human security. Steps are being made to enhance individual safety, but much road is still to be traveled. Two main concerns threaten human security in 21 st Century developing states. Conventional small arms and explosives are loose and proliferating in many developing states, and getting causing much harm. Leftover anti-personnel land mines and other explosives remain in old battlefields that are now civilized areas, and every year thousands of civilians are maimed and killed due to these stray conventional weapons. Small arms leftover from past wars are also still on the
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