New Approaches to National Security And Its Impact on The National Security of Iran

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National Security is a relative concept that can take differentmeanings in different times and places. It used to be conceived inmilitary terms during the Cold War. The changes in the internationalsystem during the last decades, especially in the post cold war era,have led to a tranformation in national perceptions of security.Today, economic, cultural and political factors can affect nationalsecurity as deeply as military threats. The most secure way to copewith new sorts of threat against national security is reliance uponpeople's participation in the process of political decision making.Lacking appropriate social and cultural contexts in which fulldemocratic participation can be developed must not lead todelimiting political participation since threr are proper means bywhich each political system can increase people's role in defendingnational security.

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