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Religion and Human SecurityA Global Perspective$
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James K. Wellman and Clark Lombardi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199827732

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827732.001.0001

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Postscript: Lessons for Policymakers about Religion and Human Security

Postscript: Lessons for Policymakers about Religion and Human Security

(p.285) 16 Postscript: Lessons for Policymakers about Religion and Human Security
Religion and Human Security

James K. Wellman

Clark B. Lombardi

Oxford University Press

This chapter suggests a number of important lessons for policymakers who wish to promote human security. Religion often has an important impact on human security. Those who wish to promote human security must ask whether religion, the state, and international actors are working synergistically to promote the physical, sociological, and psychological welfare of people as well as their fundamental human rights. If this is not the case, they would be well advised to try to effect changes in the behavior of both religious actors and states so that productive partnerships take place. To do this, they will need both to encourage scholars of human security to consider the impact of religion, and to urge scholars of religion to think about how they can help to illuminate this important, but understudied phenomenon.

Keywords:   religion, human security, policymakers, welfare, human rights

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