Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS)

Human Security Seminar Series

CHRHS is pleased to present the 2019-2020 Human Security Seminar Series, bringing in leading experts to explore the most pressing issues facing humanity and the diverse organizations who are responding to them. The UN's Commission on Human Security defines human security as protecting “the vital core of all human lives in ways that enhance human freedoms and human fulfillment.” There are numerous threats to human security, including conflict, climate changes, natural hazards, food and water scarcity, urbanization, mass atrocities, environmental degradation, and public health emergencies. Refugees, the stateless, women and children, and those who live in failed states are often the most vulnerable. This seminar series, which is open to all and led by CHRHS Visiting Fellow Dave Polatty, endeavors to bring in diverse perspectives on challenges and opportunities to overcoming human security issues.