The Evolution of International Security Studies

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Overview

International Security Studies (ISS) has changed and diversified in many ways since 1945. This book provides the first intellectual history of the development of the subject in that period. It explains how ISS evolved from an initial concern with the strategic consequences of superpower rivalry and nuclear weapons, to its current diversity in which environmental, economic, human and other securities sit alongside military security, and in which approaches ranging from traditional Realist analysis to Feminism and Post-colonialism are in play. It sets out the driving forces that shaped debates in ISS, shows what makes ISS a single conversation across its diversity, and gives an authoritative account of debates on all the main topics within ISS. This is an unparalleled survey of the literature and institutions of ISS that will be an invaluable guide for all students and scholars of ISS, whether traditionalist, 'new agenda' or critical.

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Editorial Reviews

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“In this important new contribution to International Security Studies (ISS), Barry Buzan and Lene Hansen provide the field’s first disciplinary history…The book offers a very broad approach to the field that incorporates traditionalists, those who call for the widening and deepening of security on the one hand, and those, such as peace researchers and advocates of critical security studies, who have sometimes criticized the whole endeavour of ISS or its associate, Strategic Studies, on the other. This approach helps capture and contextualize the field and identify some surprising elements of continuity and overlap.”
Alex J. Bellamy, The University of Queensland, Australia, International Affairs

“A rich text drawing on an extraordinarily wide range of materials to answer key questions in the debate on international security in the contemporary academic world: what should be part of International Security Studies, what should not, and why? This is a volume that will provoke enormous debate wherever international security is researched and taught, and is sure to become a keynote contribution to the literature.”
Stuart Croft, Professor of International Security, Warwick University

“The Evolution of International Security Studies takes an amazing intellectual journey around the rich, variegated and sometimes surprising stories about security that IR –all of it! – tells. An astonishing achievement.”
Christine Sylvester, Lancaster University

“The Evolution of International Security Studies is more than a comprehensive survey of a vast and contentious body of thought; it is also a lucid and insightful analysis of the forces that have shaped the field and the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches. Buzan and Hansen are scrupulously fair-minded and their book is a model of clear and elegant exposition. It will be of enormous value to students and of considerable interest to established scholars as well.”
Stephen M. Walt, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521872614
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2009
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Buzan is Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Honorary Professor at the Universities of Copenhagen and Jilin. His books include: The United States and the Great Powers: World Politics in the Twenty-First Century (2004); Regions and Powers: The Structure of International Security (2003, with Ole Wæver); The Arms Dynamic in World Politics (1998, with Eric Herring); Security: A New Framework for Analysis (1998, with Ole Wæver and Jaap de Wilde); People, States and Fear: The National Security Problem in International Relations (1991) and An Introduction to Strategic Studies: Military Technology and International Relations (1987).

Lene Hansen is an Associate Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. She is the author of Security as Practice: Discourse Analysis and the Bosnian War (2006) and the co-editor of European Integration and National Identity: The Challenge of the Nordic States (2002, with Ole Wæver).

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Table of Contents

Foreword

List of figures

List of tables

Introduction 1

1 Defining international security studies 8

2 The key questions in international security studies: the state, politics and epistemology 21

3 The driving forces behind the evolution of international security studies 39

4 Strategic studies, deterrence and the Cold War 66

5 The Cold War challenge to national security 101

6 International security studies post-Cold War: the traditionalists 156

7 Widening and deepening security 187

8 Responding to 9/11: a return to national security? 226

9 Conclusions 256

References 273

Author index 365

Subject index 368

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