Negotiating Security in Europe and the United States
• University Alliance Ruhr
• German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI)
Security concerns have become major topics of debate in political and academic discussions about international relations, migration, environmental and health hazards, organized crime, arms and drug trafficking. Questions regarding the protection of civil rights and individual liberties do not lag far behind. Different countries and political parties have their own ways of defining security, as well as the means to achieve it, but these meanings are constantly shifting as new threats to security are identified. The question of how to achieve security while balancing individual rights with the needs of the state has become very important. How do European countries and the United States create security systems that are acceptable to citizens on both sides of the Atlantic? What role, if any, do race, gender and class play in security design? How can universal security be achieved between nations? How much security is enough? How are fear and danger taken into consideration when developing security measures?