The Concept of Security in International Relations: Between Theoretical and International Realities


       The concept of security is theoretically linked to many variables related on one side to the theoretical discussions and dialogues in international relations, and on another part to the developments and transformations in the international environment, which led to shaping a set of concepts and theories of security.  This article aims to define security as stated in the theories of international relations, and presents a critical analysis of using the concept of security in the international reality; where it was reflected on the essence of the concept and its transformation in some cases and regions into a state of insecurity. This fact makes the review of some security concepts an urgent and necessary issue.

Key words: security, international relations theories, the international system, the third world countries.

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