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SAINT-PIERRE, Héctor Luis. "Defense" or "security"?: reflections on concepts and ideologies. Contexto int. [online]. 2011, vol.33, n.2, pp.407-433. ISSN 0102-8529. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-85292011000200006.
Concepts of the Security area, mainly used without care and criticism, are here submitted to reflection. Based on the adjective "multidimensional", I describe the form of how it has been introduced into the American debate of security under cover a "hemispheric security agenda". I criticize this attempt trying to deconstruct that concept analyzing briefly the threats like a perceptual phenomenon and reflecting philosophically on the different nature of "Security" and "Defense".
Keywords : Defense; Security; Threats; Multidimensional Security.