In 1948, George Kennan defined â€˜national securityâ€™, as â€˜the continued ability of the country to pursue the development of its internal life without serious interference, or threat of interference, from foreign powersâ€™. â€˜Powerâ€™ is, in the words of Reinhold Niebuhr, â€˜the ability to move others by the threat or infliction of deprivationsâ€™, And although â€˜powerâ€™ in this context implies coercion, the â€˜deprivationsâ€™ through which it is effective are of a broader kind than direct military force alone. Terrorism, insurgency, the subversion of democratic institutions for political or criminal gain, or the deliberate interruption of trade and supply of energy and raw materials, all fall into the remit of national security, as they and the measures aimed at their avoidance are all strategic behaviour.
|Commissioning body||Commonwealth Government, Australian National University|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|