One of my lines of inquiry has been the conceptual relationship between human rights and human security and the ways in which states respond to human security crises. This has resulted in two main projects.
State Responses to Human Security: At Home and Abroad: In March 2012, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Great Plains National Security Education Consortium (GPNSEC)hosted a colloquium on human security. The goal of our conference was to understand how human security, defined as the freedom from fear of violence, shapes state behavior and international politics. Together with Patrice McMahon and Tyler White, I edited a book manuscript based on the conference papers. This book, State Responses to Human Security: At Home and Abroad, was published by Routledge Press in 2014. The volume focuses on how human security provokes state responses, either internally, transnationally, or internationally. The chapters take readers from China to Mexico and everywhere in between, and consider how states respond to threats from non-state actors (drug traffickers, environmental degradation) as well as those that are distinctly state-made.
Human Rights and Human Security: Along with my colleagues, David Forsythe and Ari Kohen, I helped to organize a symposium on the philosophical, conceptual and empirical relationship between human rights and human security. The symposium took place at UNL in November 2012.