Reinforcing human security
Security experts from around the world gathered to hear Dr. Michael Hummel and other keynote presenters discuss a variety of security issues at the International Conference on Human Security and Social Movements.
The conference took place Dec. 20-22 at Mutah University in Karak, Jordan, and included representatives from Germany, Australia, Romania, England and many Middle Eastern countries.
Attendees discussed themes such as national and local anti-corruption efforts, public movements, terrorism, human security and other related topics.
“When we talk about human security, we talk about poverty, water security, economic security and personal safety,” said Hummel, an associate professor of leadership and security studies for the Department of Justice, Law and Society.
“Security is a very complicated political, economic and strategically oriented phenomenon that has grown significantly around the world.”
Hummel’s keynote address focused on the security of aid workers in hostile territories.
“If a road gets washed out that aid workers are traveling on, the (problem) only requires a technical solution to fix it,” he said. “A lot of the events that occur across our globe have to take into consideration the political aspects, along with the technical, since there are people who believe water, food and medicine are weapons of war.
Conference attendees not only participated in events at Mutah University, but also traveled through Jordan to events in Petra, Amman and Irbid. The group was even asked to review security measures designed to stop smugglers and terrorist infiltrators from traveling across a river in Aqaba.
None of these experiences would have been possible without the help of Dr. Aref M. Al-Khattar, a professor of criminology in the Department of Justice, Law and Society, says Hummel.
Al-Khattar, a retired law enforcement officer with 17 years of experience working in Jordan, arranged for Hummel to give his presentation at the conference. He also talked with attendees in hopes of arranging student exchange and security training programs.
“This is a global society,” said Hummel. “If we isolate ourselves in our own backyard, we will never be able to expand as a University. There are a lot of jobs internationally, and we have to reach out and partner with universities and businesses around the world.”
Al-Khattar remained in Jordan after the conference to continue discussions with other organizations.
“It was a great trip for our University,” Hummel said, adding that he expects several international partnerships to develop. “It will help give Cal U international recognition, broaden our ability to give students exchange opportunities and help solidify the Department of Justice, Law and Society at Cal U.”