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Briefing Papers -
Vol. 6, No. 1: Liberty ‘Versus’ Security: Protecting Human Rights And Public Safety In A Democracy,
Vol. 6, No. 1: Liberty ‘Versus’ Security: Protecting Human Rights And Public Safety In A Democracy,
20 May, 2003

The apparent tension between liberty and security is a longstanding one. For non-democratic regimes that tension seems easy to resolve--and it is typically
resolved in favor of security. In the context of a nondemocratic regime, security often means regime security, although the more politically correct term that such regimes often invoke is ?national security.?


Of course, concerns about regime security or national security do not disappear when a country becomes a democracy. Indeed for transitional democracies, especially in post-conflict societies, the tension between liberty and security is frequently still a tension between liberty and regime security. However, the focus of this presentation is citizen security and the tension that sometimes arises in a democracy between citizen security and liberty.

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