Human security is a people-centred approach to global security which recognises that lasting peace and social justice cannot be achieved unless people are protected from threats to their rights and basic needs. Threats to human security include violence and abuse of human rights, corruption and bad governance, disasters and climate change, and poverty and poor access to basic services.

The aim of Human Security: Humanitarian Perspectives and Responses is to explore recent human security risks, threats and crises that have been affecting different parts of the world and how humanitarian perspectives and approaches developed over the last few decades can be applied to such complex and challenging environments.

What are the emerging trends and difficulties in ensuring human security in such environments? Is the theory and practice of humanitarianism keeping up with the changing contexts of threats and risks? How could the human security debate benefit from humanitarian studies? This collaboration between IHSA and CPRS will provide a forum to explore how the subject of human security could be investigated through a humanitarian lens at the academic, policy and practice levels. This conference has been divided into four main themes.

Turkey is now an important peace broker in regional conflicts, a leading country for peacekeeping operations and a generous donor for disaster response around the world, as well as itself being subject to frequent earthquakes and refugee flows. A key objective of this conference is to focus on Turkey’s human security and humanitarian challenges both as a context and donor country in comparison to international experiences to create a wide, active and innovative network of individuals and institutions working on these issues in Turkey and abroad.

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