Security and Development in Global Politics: A Critical Comparison

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Security and development matter: they often involve issues of life and death and they determine the allocation of truly staggering amounts of the world's resources. Particularly since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, there has been momentum in policy circles to merge the issues of security and development to attempt to end conflicts, create durable peace, strengthen failing states, and promote the conditions necessary for people to lead healthier and more ...

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Overview

Security and development matter: they often involve issues of life and death and they determine the allocation of truly staggering amounts of the world's resources. Particularly since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, there has been momentum in policy circles to merge the issues of security and development to attempt to end conflicts, create durable peace, strengthen failing states, and promote the conditions necessary for people to lead healthier and more prosperous lives.

In many ways this blending of security and development agendas seems admirable and designed to produce positive outcomes all around. However, it is often the case that the two concepts in combination do not receive equal weight, with security issues getting priority over development concerns. This is not desirable and actually undermines security in the longer term. Moreover, there are major challenges in practice when security practitioners and development practitioners are asked to agree on priorities and work together.

Security and Development in Global Politics illuminates the common points of interest but also the significant differences between security and development agendas and approaches to problem solving. With insightful chapter pairings -- each written by a development expert and a security analyst -- the book explores seven core international issues: aid, humanitarian assistance, governance, health, poverty, trade and resources, and demography. Using this comparative structure, the book effectively assesses the extent to which there really is a nexus between security and development and, most importantly, whether the link should be encouraged or resisted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589018860
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2012
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanna Spear is director of the Security Policy Studies Program and an associate professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. She is also an associate fellow at Chatham House in London.

Paul D. Williams is an associate professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Joanna Spear and Paul D. Williams

1. Conceptualizing the Security-Development Relationship: An Overview of the Debate Joanna Spear and Paul D. Williams

PART I: Aid

2. Aid: A Security Perspective Bernard Harborne

3. Aid: A Development Perspective Dan Morrow

Editors' Comments Joanna Spear and Paul D. Williams

PART II: Humanitarian Assistance

4. Humanitarian Assistance: A Security Perspective Robert Maletta and Joanna Spear

5. Humanitarian Assistance: A Development Perspective Sabina Dewan

Editors' Comments Joanna Spear and Paul D. Williams

PART III: Governance

6. Governance: A Security Perspective Terrence Lyons

7. Governance: A Development Perspective Alasdair Bowie

Editors' Comments Joanna Spear and Paul D. Williams

PART IV: Health

8. Health: A Security Perspective George Fidas

9. Health: A Development Perspective Julie E. Fischer

Editors' Comments Joanna Spear and Paul D. Williams

PART V: POVERTY

10. Poverty: A Security Perspective Paul D. Williams

11. Poverty: A Development Perspective Inder Sud

Editors' Comments Joanna Spear and Paul D. Williams

PART VI: TRADE AND RESOURCES

12. Trade and Resources: A Security Perspective Joanna Spear

13. Trade and Resources: A Development Perspective Raymond Gilpin

Editors' CommentsJoanna Spear and Paul D. Williams

PART VII: DEMOGRAPHY

14. Demography: A Security Perspective Jack A. Goldstone

15. Demography: A Development Perspective Richard P. Cincotta

Editors' Comments Joanna Spear and Paul D. Williams

16. Conclusion: The Comparative Conversations between Security and Development Joanna Spear and Paul D. Williams

About the Contributors

Index

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