Non-Traditional Security

Scott Romaniuk*, Adelina Sabani

*Corresponding author for this work

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Non-traditional security (NTS) has been a prominent idea both within and outside of academia. It arose from the realization that security issues extend beyond military threats and has become a critical analytical tool, particularly in research (Maier-Knapp 2015). Food, health, environmental, personal, communal, and political security are the seven primary security requirements that the United Nations (UN) defined as constituting NTS in a study on human development (Cui and Buzan 2016). Over time, more security concerns have been raised, including corruption, resource conflicts, diseases, and pandemics. NTS concerns are difficulties that limit human well-being that are international in their emergence, conceptualization, and manifestation (Caballero-Anthony 2015). NTS dangers are numerous and widespread. NTS prioritizes people, especially their capacity to survive and retain their well-being and dignity, shifting the emphasis away from the military and the notion that it...

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Encyclopedia of Global Security Studies
EditorsScott Romaniuk, Péter Marton
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-74336-3
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2023


  • Conflict and security
  • Energy security
  • Environmental security
  • Food security
  • Gender and security
  • Health security
  • Human rights and human security
  • Poverty and economic security
  • Societal/community security
  • Traditional security


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