Alternatives of security

The classic conception of security considers national sovereignty, territorial integrity and public order as the main assets to be protected against internal and external threats. Under this paradigm, the state conducts a risk analysis and pursues its own security through the increase of its political, police and military dominance. The most important public security policies have emerged from this notion and are mostly based on reactive and punitive frameworks for social control and armed action. These strategies are inefficient because they do not address the causes of conflicts or aim at their transformation. Paradoxically, they reinforce the culture of violence they seek to reduce.

The goal of this action line is to build an alternative discourse to the prevailing conception of security by disseminating the strategies and tools that feminism and pacifism provide to address conflict. In particular, ICIP seeks to rethink security from a human and environmental perspective.