In the last few years Critical Security Studies (CSS) has emerged as a new approach to the academic study of security. This article argues that its genesis is best understood as a reaction to two developments, namely ‘real world’ changes after the end of the Cold War and the far-reaching philosophical debates that have recently been taking place within the social sciences. The authors argue for a conceptualisation of CSS based on an explicit commitment to human emancipation. They then illustrate their preferred understanding of security through a discussion of Burundi. This case study not only illustrates the theoretical claims of CSS but also serves as a contribution to a more comprehensive understanding of the security issues with which this country and its inhabitants are faced.
Burundi, critical security studies (CSS), post-Cold War
Stamnes, Eli and Wyn Jones, Richard
"Burundi: A Critical Security Perspective,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 7:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol7/iss2/3