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Our understanding of security has changed significantly since the end of the Cold War. No longer is war the only security threat that states face. Nor is war what it once was. Today's security agenda includes the threat posed by the spread of infectious disease. It includes global warming and oil shortages. It pits states against ethnic rebellions and transnational criminal organizations and, of course, a global network of terrorist organizations. It contemplates wars in cyber-space and on the ground against elusive individuals and shadowy organizations rather than states. The quest for security, in other words, has become far more urgent than it was during the euphoric days of the post-Cold War period and far more complicated than it was during the Cold War. Seeking Security in an Insecure World is intended to provide a brief but thorough introduction to contemporary security studies. With clear and lively prose, compelling examples, and solid scholarship, it will engage both students and general readers who wish to gain a better understanding of what security means today and how it can best be achieved.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 1 The Meaning of Security Today Part 3 Part I Traditional Sources of Insecurity Chapter 4 2 Conventional Weapons and War: Traditional Threats in New Forms Chapter 5 3 Nuclear Weapons: Living in the Shadow of the Mushroom Cloud Chapter 6 4 Bugs and Gas: Biological and Chemical Weapons Chapter 7 5 The Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction: Spreading Insecurity? Part 8 Part II New Sources of Insecurity Chapter 9 6 Disease: The Greatest Killer? Chapter 10 7 Cyber-Threats: How We're All Connected to the Bad Guys Chapter 11 8 Drugs and Thugs: Trafficking and International Security Part 12 Part III Political and Social Conditions of Insecurity Chapter 13 9 The State of the State: National Security after 9/11 Chapter 14 13 Living in the Shadow of the World Trade Center: Coping with the Threat of Terrorism Chapter 14 10 Ethnic Conflict and Security: Ancient Hatreds? Chapter 15 11 The Root of All Evil? The Matter of Economic Security Chapter 16 12 Ecological Disasters and Resource Wars: Seeking Environmental Security Chapter 18 14 Seeking Security in an Insecure World: The Way Forward