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Sensitivity to cultural differences is prerequisite for sound security.

Culture Shapes Security

October 2012, Number 03.04

“Culture within the context of security studies has been discussed and debated since classical antiquity (Baylis, Wirtz, & Gray, 2010, p. 86), but often the influence of culture in matters of security has been underappreciated. The culture of a nation shapes its strategy. Just as culture orients and influences individual citizens, in the same manner culture orients the views of a nation, influences judgments and prescribes the actions to pursue. Security professionals, be they members of the local police force, the military, the intelligence community or in ministries of government such as interior or defense, can benefit from utilizing cultural knowledge and incorporating a cultural approach towards a range of security challenges faced today. Those challenges include the Arab Spring, global environmental degradation, Iraq and Afghanistan, and activities of violent extremist organizations...”

Excerpt from K. Ashequl Haque, “Culture Shapes Security,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  3, No. 4, 2012: 52-57.

K. Ashequl Haque works as a culture and language consultant to the Military Liaison Element of the U.S. Department of Defense at the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he provides historical, political, and cultural advice on countering violent extremism. He graduated from Lewis & Clark College in the United States with a degree in international affairs. He is a 2011 graduate of the Marshall Center’s Program in Advanced Security Studies.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.