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Human Insecurity in a Global World

Human Insecurity in a Global World

Edited by Lincoln C. Chen, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, and Ellen Seidensticker

ISBN 9780674014541

Publication date: 04/30/2004

The decade of the 1990s witnessed enormous changes in the international environment. The Cold War conclusively ended. Biotechnology and communications technology made rapid advances. Barriers to international trade and investment declined. Taken together, these developments created many opportunities for peace and prosperity.

At the same time, with the end of superpower domination, ethnically based intranational conflicts brought on widespread suffering. And while globalization expanded opportunity, growth, and incomes, it increased inequality of incomes and decreased human security. Moreover, as countries have become more closely linked, insecurity in one country has affected security in other countries.


  • Lincoln C. Chen is President of the China Medical Board.
  • Sakiko Fukuda-Parr is Director of the Human Development Report Office at the United Nations Development Programme.
  • Ellen Seidensticker is with the Global Equity Program, Asia Center, Harvard University.

Book Details

  • 288 pages
  • Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University