TED video critique on Global Security
TED’s focus revolves around global security. He states that open source security is a modern strategy of enhancing global security where actors, such as states, alliances, regional organizations, international governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and other bodies lash together with strategic communication through social networks to create and enhance global security (Buzan 432).
TED focuses on the use of strategic communication to create global security. Thus, among the five types of power in the 21st century, he is concerned with information power. He is inclined to the aspect that is in support of the use of information, telecommunications, the internet, and other information resources to affect security.
Regarding state security, TED argues that no state can enhance security on its own. He is of the opinion that states should cooperate and engage in partnerships to enhance state security. He adds that security is a collective responsibility and that every state has a role to play in the enhancement of global state security (Ogata 3). TED also states that the transformation of state security is owed to the growing interdependence among states.
He does not forget to talk about human security. He states that in the 20th and 21st centuries, human security has been threatened by factors such as terrorism as seen in the rise of terrorist groups like Al Qaeda, trafficking from human to narcotics to weapons of mass destruction (Ogata 8). The mentioned factors have greatly transformed human security.
TED is in support of the fact that nations should embrace information power rather than hard power. This is not expected from a NATO Admiral because NATO member states believe in the use of hard power to defend one another from attacks by external parties (Collins 1).
Buzan, Barry. “New patterns of global security in the twenty-first century.” International Affairs (Royal Institute of International Affairs 1944-) (1991): 431-451.
Collins, Brian J. Nato: A Guide to the Issues. Santa Barbara, Calif: Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2011. Print.
Ogata, Sadako. State security-human security. United Nations University, Public Affairs Section, 2002.