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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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|1||Contemporary Security and Strategy||1|
|2||The Evolution of Strategic Thought||13|
|3||Realism and Security Studies||53|
|4||Beyond Strategy: Critical Thinking and the New Security Studies||77|
|5||Regional Security Structures||102|
|6||Rationality and Deterrence in Theory and Practice||120|
|7||The Future of Nuclear Strategy||150|
|8||Nuclear Weapons Proliferation||171|
|9||Developments in Modern Warfare||194|
|10||Re-imagining Warfare: The 'Revolution in Military Affairs'||210|