Security is the deepest and most abiding issue in politics. at its heart is the question: How can people live a decent and worthwhile existence, free from threats, intimidation and violence? the search for security is therefore linked to the pursuit of order; and for the establishment of relative peace and stability amongst individuals and groups with diff erent needs and interests. these concerns are commonly thought to be resolved in the domestic realm by the existence of a sovereign state, a body capable of imposing its will on all the groups and institutions within its borders. nevertheless, domestic security raises important issues, particularly about the roles of the institutions of the ‘coercive state’; the police and the military. However, the issue of security is often considered to be especially pressing in international politics because the international realm, unlike the domestic realm, is anarchical, and therefore threatening and unstable by its nature.
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