The Security concentration is framed around the fundamental question ‘whose security?’ This expands analysis of security policy from a traditional focus on nation states to society and individuals, in turn fostering a critical understanding of how security threats and challenges are problematized.

The multiple forms of insecurity in the contemporary world, including violent conflict, gender-based violence, and terrorism are analyzed in this concentration, and the policies designed to address such threats are assessed. Courses explore national, regional, and international policy priorities and responses, and introduce students to the tools to evaluate their effectiveness and impacts.
This concentration combines methodological, theoretical, and practice components. It promotes a focus on the design, monitoring, and evaluation of policies and programs, methods for analyzing security debates and interventions, and knowledge of toolkits that have been developed to enhance conflict sensitive and rights-based approaches in security policy design and implementation.

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