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The first symposium of

was successfully held at Northeastern Illinois University on March 29-30, 2012.

Thank you for your interest and support.

The second symposium is scheduled to take place at the University of Tokyo in May 2013.
Updated information is forthcoming!

Since the publication of the 1994 Human Development Report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the concept of human security has attracted considerable attention in civil society and in academic and governmental circles. Characterized by a shift from the state to the individual as the primary referent of security, human security sees both human rights and sustainable development as central to national and international security. On the premise that it is impossible to protect human freedom and welfare exclusively through traditional concepts of military security, a growing number of scholars and policymakers are addressing the importance of nontraditional challenges such as poverty, environmental degradation, famine, and diseases. Proponents of human security view it as “a condition of existence” that entails the satisfaction of basic material needs and the preservation of human dignity through meaningful participation in the life of the community, from the local to the global.

The Department of Political Science at Northeastern Illinois University, in cooperation with the Graduate Program on Human Security at the University of Tokyo, is hosting a symposium entitled, Building a Human Security Network between the US and Japan. The symposium will bring together a group of leading scholars to present papers on a range of empirical and theoretical issues related to human security. The scholars are from well-regarded human security programs in the United States and Japan. Each participant in the United States and Japan has a different regional or area focus: from Asia and Africa to Europe and Latin America, and from the issues of globalization and economic sustainability to refugees and peace building.  This event is being funded by a grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.