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Therefore, the broadening of the security research field certainly implies broadening of the content of the security notion in all directions beyond the particular nation-state, i.e.: upwards - towards international institutions, downwards - towards regional or local governments and sideward (left and right) – towards non-governmental organizations, public opinion and the media, and the abstract forces of nature or the marketplace (Basic&Stoett, 2003: 152).
When defining security in contemporary conceptual sense the main disputes stem from a question on the values that should be protected nowadays (physical and material security, political independence, territorial integrity, international peace, and similar), as well as from the effort to define the basic entity that is the subject of protection (citizen - the individual, state, international community, social security, economic system, the environment, etc.) (Dragisic, 2009: 163).
Essentially all these questions can be brought down to a couple of the following: (Mijalkovic, 2009b: 56-57):
a) security for whom? - first of all, it is necessary to identify the center of security construction, and the role of so-called "referent object" or "referent subject" of  rotection can be given to the individual, social groups, the state and the international system (Baldwin, 1997: 13);
b) security for which values? – it is necessary to identify the values and interests that are the subject of protection or the object of jeopardy (Baldwin, 1997: 13-14);
c) security from whom/ what threats? – it involves the identification of the sources, subjects and forms of compromising protected values which may be natural, human or technological in their nature (see more: Vejnovic&Sikman, 2007);
d) who provides security? - it is necessary to identify the entities that protect the mentioned values (see more: Rakic&Vejnovic, 2006) and 
e) the manner of providing security? - it is necessary to identify the methods, means and activities that will be deployed to protect specific, vulnerable values (Baldwin,1997: 16).
Based on the above mentioned, various concepts or notions of security are being created, according to which the security in the contemporary conceptual sense is defined as (Mitrovic&Pavlovic, 2012: 20):
a) the security of man - the individual, people and society (see more: Bajagic, 2007);
b) the security of the state, or national security (see more: Mijalkovic, 2009a);

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