JISPIL Vol 7 Issue 1 2011 - A1

In the same way that it is impossible to conceive the State without its constituent elements (i.e. territory, population, government) it is equally unimaginable to consider contemporary statehood in isolation of the wishes and well-being of the governed. When the primary function of the State ceases to coincide with the welfare of its people it has in some significant manner failed to fulfil the very reason for its existence. As the reader will come to appreciate in the course of this article, international relations theorists, whether through think tanks or government departments, consider human security broadly understood as inextricably linked to the capacity of the State to function in substance.[1]


[1]      See A Abass (ed), Protecting Human Security in Africa (OUP 2010) where it is demonstrated that the frailty of human security in Africa is conditioned by the inability of the various States to organise themselves effectively and address the needs of their peoples.


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