Contemporary Security and Strategy / Edition 1

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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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Editorial Reviews

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"An outstanding book, written by distinguished scholars, that provides a comprehensive picture of security and strategy in our time. It stands out from other texts [by having a] better balancing theoretical insights and empirical investigations, and in bringing out so clearly the core debates and dilemmas that define security and international order in the 21st century." - Amitav Acharya, American University, Washington DC

"For university students trying to make sense of a rapidly changing international security environment, the importance of good conceptually-driven texts has never been greater. Artfully crafted, the third edition of Contemporary Security and Strategy deftly combines international relations theory with critical thinking and 'real world' substantive issues. Expanded coverage of the environment, human security, and the ever widening implications of the global arms trade are welcome additions." - Douglas A. Borer, Naval Postgraduate School, California

'An outstanding book, written by distinguished scholars, that provides a comprehensive picture of security and strategy in our time. It stands out from other texts in better balancing theoretical insights and empirical investigations, and in bringing out so clearly the core debates and dilemmas that define security and international order in the 21st century.' - Amitav Acharya, American University, Washington DC

Reviews of the 1st edition:

"[A] good set of essays that can be used for both graduate and undergraduate courses in security studies... It will be an important resource for scholars and advanced students of military security. It provides a structured and balanced overview, together with a comprehensive bibliography. It should be a 'must buy' for security studies courses." - Malcolm Chalmers, International Affairs

"... the papers are of a uniformly high standard, written with admirable clarity, and they provide a useful introduction to the topics that are addressed." - Duncan Bell, Millennium

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415924542
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

CRAIG A. SNYDER Senior Lecturer at Deakin University, Australia. His research interests focus around the construction of regional security patterns in Europe and the Asia Pacific.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
Notes on the Contributors
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
Index 237
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