The Poverty of Security (W-22)

The Poverty of Security (W-22)

Publication details

  • Wednesday | 01 Feb, 1995
  • Zia Mian
  • Working Papers
  • 32
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Zia Mian, SDPI


This paper looks at the crisis that the search for security has created for Pakistan. The pursuit of a state-led, centralised concept of military security has resulted in massive failure to meet even the most basic needs of Pakistan's citizens by siphoning off large amounts of national resources. All that this kind of security has generated is an ever more modern military structure, which relies increasingly on technology, and now with the effort to develop a nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, the technology of mass destruction. This kind of security, it is argued, is unsustainable. An outline for a more decentralised and sustainable form of security arrangement is proposed.