New Global Dangers: Changing Dimensions of International Security / Edition 1

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Overview

Despite growing concerns after September 11, 2001, over the global terrorist threat and the spread of weapons of mass destruction, international security no longer hinges only on arms control and the prevention of war. Nonmilitary concerns, including emerging infectious diseases,
environmental degradation, demographic trends, and humanitarian catastrophes, also represent significant threats to global stability. In this book, leading analysts offer an overview of critical security dangers facing the world today.The book looks first at the relationship between weapons and security, discussing such aspects of proliferation as "nuclear entrepreneurship" in
Russia and the threat of biological warfare. It then examines nonmilitary security concerns,
including resource scarcity, migration, HIV/AIDS in Africa, and why humanitarian assistance sometimes does more harm than good. Finally, it looks at the role of transnational actors, including terrorist groups, nongovernmental organizations, and the privatized military industry.

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What People Are Saying

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"Few texts are as comprehensive in exploring the major challenges confronting the international arena today. From terrorism and the threats posed by biological and chemical weapons to the growing issues of migration and HIV/AIDS to the rise of the privatized military industry,
*New Global Dangers* is thought-provoking and a must-read for experts as well as students."--Gale A.
Mattox, Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department, United States Naval
Academy

The MIT Press

" International Security has been remarkably consistent in demonstrating that academic excellence does not have to come at the expense of policy relevance.
New Global Dangers confirms this essential quality, with cool and informed analysis on the most pressing issues of current policy." Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War
Studies and Vice Principal (Research), King"s College London

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" International Security has been the leader in scholarship on world politics after 9/11, as this collection shows. The topics covered are both varied and important, moving from traditional issues of nuclear weapons to new concerns such as terrorism to the less familiar areas of migration, AIDS, and sex ratios, and the treatments are uniformly excellent. Useful in courses, this book can also be read with benefit by members of the interested public." Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics, Columbia
University

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"The problem of how to cope with catastrophic threats to our security will not be solved when al-Qaeda has been dispersed and the 'axis of evil' exists no more. The indefinite character of the nuclear age requires a cool and steady consideration of all policy options, from missile defenses to new weapons systems to arms control, and for the long as well as the short term.
This is exactly what is provided by this excellent collection of essays by some of the leading figures in the policy debates."--Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies and Vice Principal
(Research), King's College London

The MIT Press

"*International Security* has been remarkably consistent in demonstrating that academic excellence does not have to come at the expense of policy relevance. *New Global Dangers*
confirms this essential quality, with cool and informed analysis on the most pressing issues of current policy."--Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies and Vice Principal (Research),
King's College London

The MIT Press

"*International Security* has been the leader in scholarship on world politics after
9/11, as this collection shows. The topics covered are both varied and important, moving from traditional issues of nuclear weapons to new concerns such as terrorism to the less familiar areas of migration, AIDS, and sex ratios, and the treatments are uniformly excellent. Useful in courses,
this book can also be read with benefit by members of the interested public."--Robert Jervis, Adlai
E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics, Columbia University

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262524308
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Series: International Organization Readers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 578
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael E. Brown is Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington
University.

Owen Coté is Associate Director of the MIT Security Studies Program and Editor of the journal
International Security.

Sean M. Lynn-Jones is Editor of International Security, the International
Security Program's quarterly journal. He is also series editor of the Belfer Center Studies in
International Security, the Program's book series that is published by MIT Press.

Steven E. Miller is Editor-in-chief of International Security and Director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center.

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Table of Contents

Command of the commons : the military foundation of U.S. hegemony 3
Why do states build nuclear weapons? : three models in search of a bomb 45
Never say never again : nuclear reversal revisited 78
Preventing nuclear entrepreneurship in Russia's nuclear cities 108
Pathogens as weapons : the international security implications of biological warfare 141
Dreaded risks and the control of biological weapons 180
Beyond the MTCR : building a comprehensive regime to contain ballistic missile proliferation 215
Human security : paradigm shift of hot air? 249
Environmental scarcities and violent conflict : evidence from cases 265
Security, stability, and international migration 301
A surplus of men, a deficit of peace : security and sex ratios in Asia's largest states 337
HIV/AIDS and the changing landscape of war in Africa 371
Collateral damage : humanitarian assistance as a cause of conflict 390
Market civilization and its clash with terror 423
Behind the curve : globalization and international terrorism 448
The NGO scramble : organizational insecurity and the political economy of transnational action 477
Corporate warriors : the rise of the privatized military industry and its ramifications for international security 512
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