Context analysis and securitization

Andrej Zwitter, Joost Herman

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Often, context analysis is not seen as much more than simply providing a background on the history, politics and economics of a region. These elements definitely constitute key elements. However, a context analysis that is supposed to form the basis of decision- making in volatile humanitarian crises needs to be empirically and theoretically sound. This is why the NOHA Groningen team developed, among other tools, a comprehensive context analysis tool based on theories of security studies such as Securitization Theory and Human Security. In this chapter, we introduce the Comprehensive Context Analysis (CCA) as a tool and explain the history and theory behind it. The theoretical foundation is based on the Copenhagen School of Security Studies as well as research on threat- perception and decision- making heuristics. Furthermore, we introduce the idea of levels of analysis in comprehensive context analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHumanitarian Crises, Intervention and Security
Subtitle of host publicationA Framework for Evidence-Based Programming
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781134419098
ISBN (Print)9780415830393
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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