WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
5 Aug 2005 |

Potential Threat: The New OAS Concept of Hemispheric Security

The Declaration on Security in the Americas, adopted by the Organization of American States (OAS) in October 2003, created a new concept of hemispheric security that broadens the traditional definition of national defense to incorporate new threats, including political, economic, social, health, and environmental concerns, to such an extent that almost any problem can now be considered a security threat.