Elusive Security: States First, People Last / Edition 1

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This clear and concise text offers a comprehensive comparison of national, international, and human security concepts and policies. Laura Neack argues that security remains elusive because of a centuries-old ethic insisting that states are the primary and most important international actors, can rely ultimately only on themselves for protection, and must keep all options on the table for national security. The author compellingly demonstrates how a state-first security ethic ultimately fails to secure states, the international community and_most important_human beings. Although security as a concept can be widened to include almost any aspect of existence, Neack focuses especially on security from physical violence, beginning with efforts by states to defend themselves against violent attack. She explores such topics as the internal and external dimensions of security, terrorism, and defending the homeland; threat perception and responses; preemptive and preventive wars; and other military interventions. Next, Neack examines efforts over the past century to protect states through the construction of the United Nations international security system and how collective security, peacekeeping, and peace enforcement have been used in that system. Throughout, Neack shows that human security has only mattered in terms of servicing the state's security needs, a critique she takes up directly in the final chapters. A range of short and extended case studies are offered to illustrate the conceptual materials and policy debates over security. In this state-first world, we only can choose between degrees of insecurity; true security remains elusive.

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Editorial Reviews

Karen Mingst
Guided by a provocative and disquieting thesis that national security fails at every level, Neack skillfully analyzes how the international system, especially the United Nations, protects states and the great power state system. This comprehensive treatment, a blend of theory and policy, generalizations and comparative cases, is bound to inform and stimulate.
Journal Of Peace Research, July 2008, Vol 45 No 4 - Naima Mouhleb
This is a well-written and convincing read.... A good reference work for students, academics and others working with security issues on a national or international level.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742528666
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: New Millennium Books in International Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Neack is professor of political science at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Chapter 1. Elusive Security Chapter 2 Defining Security Chapter 3 The Organization of this Book Chapter 4 Whose Security? Part 5 Chapter 2. National Security Chapter 6 Internal vs. External Security Chapter 7 Protecting the State's Core Values Chapter 8 Sovereignty Chapter 9 Origins of the Sovereign State Chapter 10 States, Not Nations Chapter 11 The Components of a State Chapter 12 Building Internally Secure States Chapter 13 Violence as Integral to the State-Building Process Part 14 Chapter 3. Terrorism Chapter 15 Defining Terrorism Chapter 16 The Internationalization of Terrorism Chapter 17 The Increasing Lethality of Terrorism Chapter 18 Defending the Homeland against Terrorism Part 19 Chapter 4. Identifying External Security Threats Chapter 20 International Anarchy and the Security Dilemma Chapter 21 Balancing Power, Balancing Threats Chapter 22 Accommodation Chapter 23 Bandwagoning Chapter 24 Alliances and Coalitions Part 25 Chapter 5. Defending against External Security Threats Chapter 26 The Ambiguous Role of Military Force Chapter 27 The Defense Dilemma: Trading Off National Values Chapter 28 Deterrence and Nuclear Weapons Chapter 29 Containment Chapter 30 Defensive Defense Part 31 Chapter 6. Going on the Offensive Chapter 32 The Bush Doctrine Chapter 33 Preemptive and Preventive War Chapter 34 Military Intervention Chapter 35 "New Wars" Part 36 Chapter 7. International Security Chapter 37 A Focus on Power and Order in Interstate Relations Chapter 38 Constructing Global Security Organizations Chapter 39 Why States Would Bind Themselves Part 40 Chapter 8. The United Nations and International Security Chapter 41 The Security Council as a Rigid Great Power System Chapter 42 The UN Charter and International Peace and Security Chapter 43 Collective Security: From Korea to the 1991 Gulf War Part 44 Chapter 9. Keeping the Peace Chapter 45 UN Peacekeeping Chapter 46 The 1990s—Combining Peacekeeping with Peace Enforcement Chapter 47 Improving UN Peace Operations Part 48 Chapter 10. Human Security Chapter 49 Civilians Come Last—The Geneva Conventions Chapter 50 The Post–Cold War Human Security Agenda Chapter 51 Protecting People from Large-Scale Violence Chapter 52 Reality Check Part 53 Conclusion: Reimagning Our Choices

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