How should we approach security from a critical point of view?

In the second part of New Perspectives Interview series, the editor-in-chief of New Perspectives journal, Dr. Benjamin Tallis and Dr. Claudia Aradau, discuss the ethics of critical security research and practice. Should the critical security scholars always approach security as something negative that has an oppressive effect?

In response, Dr. Aradau calls for a more nuanced point of view that treats security as a relational practice, rather than seeing it as an object of its own that could be described as positive or negative. The critical research of security should thus focus on how security is practiced and contested in specific situations, which means taking in account also politics and claims to rights, citizenship or mobility.