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Mediating Security

Comprehensive Approaches to an Ambiguous Subject – Festschrift for Otmar Höll

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Edited By Alexander Klimburg and Jan Pospisil

In over four decades of scientific exploration, Otmar Höll has approached international security from often unorthodox and unconventional perspectives. Starting with the issues of development and environmental policy, the challenge of a more comprehensive notion of security increasingly becomes a primary focus. Otmar Höll accepted this challenge and sought to combine it with his interests in the theory of political psychology, the practice of psychotherapeutic and mediated approaches to conflict resolution. Comprehensive Security therefore became a concept with a particular personal relevance. This Festschrift highlights Otmar Höll’s professional achievement through the contributions of friends, companions and colleagues.

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Development and Environmental Policy as an Integral Part of a Comprehensive Approach. Linking Foreign and Security Policy

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Development and Environmental Policy as an Integral Part of a Comprehensive Approach Linking Foreign and Security Policy Green Development: A Notion Affecting Sustainable National Economies, Environmental Security and International Relations Sanja Tišma and Marina Funduk Introduction Environmental issues are becoming an increasingly important element of eco- nomic development in the global community. Climate change, biodiversity con- servation, energy security and efficiency, regulating the international trade of hazardous waste, human security and ecological security have recently gained the status of being global imperatives, with direct implications on the economy, development and international relations. The key change in the last decade was the transition from environmental management by governments to green devel- opment and human security by multiple actors. Today, global environmental policy surpasses the classical theories of international relations and environmen- tal policy. It has entered the interdisciplinary field of research that is develop- ment and the economy. This trend is manifested in two ways: as a threat and as an opportunity. On the one hand, the introduction of increasingly demanding environmental stand- ards and goals result in high costs for businesses and can cause uncompetitive- ness for international actors, but nevertheless it is still desirable for lo- cal/national economic growth. On the other hand, a business that is successfully restructured in line with green development platforms becomes more resourceful and has improved market efficiency, as well as more internationally competitive. Increased demand for environmentally friendly products and rapidly growing new green markets create novel “globally acceptable” green investments and...

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