Contemporary Security and Strategy / Edition 2

Contemporary Security and Strategy / Edition 2

by Craig A. Snyder
     
 

ISBN-10: 0230520952

ISBN-13: 9780230520950

Pub. Date: 03/18/2008

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

The study of security and strategy has been transformed by the need to rethink many basic underlying assumptions following the Cold War. This new text brings together a range of specially commissioned chapters to provide an accessible introduction to both new and traditional approaches.

Much current debate in the field is polarized between those taking traditional

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Overview

The study of security and strategy has been transformed by the need to rethink many basic underlying assumptions following the Cold War. This new text brings together a range of specially commissioned chapters to provide an accessible introduction to both new and traditional approaches.

Much current debate in the field is polarized between those taking traditional approaches to traditional issues (such as the role of NATO in preserving state security in Europe) and those applying new approaches to new issues (such as feminist investigations of global power relationships). Within and between both camps there has been much controversy as to whether and to what extent the concept of security should be broadened to include non-military threats to security such as the environment, human rights and the movement of people across international borders. This has often made it difficult for those new to strategy and security to find a clear starting-point for their studies. The aim of this book is to provide just such an introduction to the realist approach, which has traditionally dominated the field, and to new approaches. While focusing primarily on the strategic dimension of security studies, it sets this clearly in the context of broader debates and examines in detail different levels of security from the individual and societal to the regional and global.

The book begins by looking at the evolution of strategic thought. This leads to a discussion of how the international system is constructed and what implications this has for how we think about and define security. Is what is being secured a state, an individual or an ethnic community? The last part of the book examines some of the current debates within the field: nuclear deterrence, nuclear strategy, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (especially the spread of these weapons to India and Pakistan), and developments in modern warfare - including the emerging Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230520950
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
03/18/2008
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.52(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Notes on the Contributors
1Contemporary Security and Strategy1
2The Evolution of Strategic Thought13
3Realism and Security Studies53
4Beyond Strategy: Critical Thinking and the New Security Studies77
5Regional Security Structures102
6Rationality and Deterrence in Theory and Practice120
7The Future of Nuclear Strategy150
8Nuclear Weapons Proliferation171
9Developments in Modern Warfare194
10Re-imagining Warfare: The 'Revolution in Military Affairs'210
Index237

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