Seeking Security in an Insecure World

Seeking Security in an Insecure World

by Dan Caldwell, Robert E., Jr. Williams Jr.
     
 

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Now in a thoroughly updated edition, this comprehensive yet concise introduction to international security explores the constantly changing conditions that lead to an insecure world. The text offers a broad overview of both traditional and "new" conceptions of security. With clear and lively prose, compelling examples, and solid scholarship, it engages

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Now in a thoroughly updated edition, this comprehensive yet concise introduction to international security explores the constantly changing conditions that lead to an insecure world. The text offers a broad overview of both traditional and "new" conceptions of security. With clear and lively prose, compelling examples, and solid scholarship, it engages both students of international relations and general readers who wish to gain a better understanding of what security means today and how it can best be achieved.

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Michael Krepon
Dan Caldwell and Robert Williams have written a superb survey on threats to international security and how public policies can ameliorate or exacerbate them. This is a thoughtful, wise, and accessible book.
Choice
In this second edition of their well-received survey (1st ed., CH, Dec'06, 44-2361), Caldwell and Williams (both, Pepperdine Univ.) offer an exceptional overview of international security challenges and the status of threats to both states and individuals. Seeking Security in an Insecure World is a sober reminder that while the threat of interstate war has severely diminished in the developed world, developing nations remain plagued by political instability, civil wars, crime, infectious diseases, and persistent environmental challenges. The transnational nature of these problems has led to a progressive securitization of issues not previously perceived as part of a dynamic threat environment, and necessitates that state-centered security paradigms give way to new realities—including the fact that human security is very often threatened by the very states responsible for its assurance. This updated book is a measured and comprehensive appraisal of the contemporary security environment. While the authors offer advice and suggestions for policy moving forward, the level of insecurity presented as endemic to 21st-century geopolitics is such that it leaves the reader intellectually challenged yet highly concerned about the prospects for international security in the near term. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels.
CHOICE
In this second edition of their well-received survey (1st ed., CH, Dec'06, 44-2361), Caldwell and Williams (both, Pepperdine Univ.) offer an exceptional overview of international security challenges and the status of threats to both states and individuals. Seeking Security in an Insecure World is a sober reminder that while the threat of interstate war has severely diminished in the developed world, developing nations remain plagued by political instability, civil wars, crime, infectious diseases, and persistent environmental challenges. The transnational nature of these problems has led to a progressive securitization of issues not previously perceived as part of a dynamic threat environment, and necessitates that state-centered security paradigms give way to new realities—including the fact that human security is very often threatened by the very states responsible for its assurance. This updated book is a measured and comprehensive appraisal of the contemporary security environment. While the authors offer advice and suggestions for policy moving forward, the level of insecurity presented as endemic to 21st-century geopolitics is such that it leaves the reader intellectually challenged yet highly concerned about the prospects for international security in the near term. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels.
Proceedings
This book deals with this oft quoted but little understood issue in an organized and scholarly yet lively manner....In dealing with both traditional and contemporary sources of insecurity, this book provides light in an area commonly containing primarily heat.
Ambassador Dennis Ross
PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION In a world that is increasingly interconnected, the very concept of security requires redefinition and broadening. Dan Caldwell and Robert Williams not only offer a cogent explanation for why this is the case, they also present an excellent overview of the range and nature of the new threats. In doing so, they have provided a real service to scholars, policymakers, and interested laypeople alike. Scholars will benefit greatly from the discussion of why traditional state-based threats are limiting and a new security paradigm incorporating non-state threats is needed. Policymakers will gain from the analysis of the character of new threats, the danger of unintended consequences when employing traditional military responses to them, and the value of new forms of cooperation for containing and combating them. And interested citizens, after reading this thoughtful book, will both understand the challenges of security in a new century better and also be able to demand more imaginative and integrated responses from governments and non-governmental organizations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442208049
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/16/2011
Edition description:
2nd Edition
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Alexander L. George
A major contribution that incisively analyzes the many new security issues that now dominate the international arena. This study fills a major gap in the literature and will become required reading for students and policy specialists.
Paul R. Viotti
In their new book Seeking Security in an Insecure World, Dan Caldwell and Robert Williams focus our attention on a diverse set of vital issues on global and national security agendas. The clear and concise treatment of this complexity by Caldwell and Williams makes Seeking Security in an Insecure World a must read!
Tom Plate
In an age that's insecure not only about future threats but also about the very definition of security in this rapidly changing world, Caldwell and Williams offer a powerful way of seeking much better answers. They argue that, just as national economies have become increasingly globalized, so too must national thinking about security give way to more globalized perspectives. Reading this book convinces one that whatever might actually work to make our world more secure is sure to prove nothing like we have ever tried in the past. This is a timely and hugely important contribution to smart thinking about national and international security.
Michael Krepon
Dan Caldwell and Robert Williams have written a superb survey on threats to international security and how public policies can ameliorate or exacerbate them. This is a thoughtful, wise, and accessible book.
Dennis Ross
In a world that is increasingly interconnected, the very concept of security requires redefinition and broadening. Dan Caldwell and Robert Williams not only offer a cogent explanation for why this is the case, they also present an excellent overview of the range and nature of the new threats. In doing so, they have provided a real service to scholars, policymakers, and interested laypeople alike. Scholars will benefit greatly from the discussion of why traditional state-based threats are limiting and a new security paradigm incorporating non-state threats is needed. Policymakers will gain from the analysis of the character of new threats, the danger of unintended consequences when employing traditional military responses to them, and the value of new forms of cooperation for containing and combating them. And interested citizens, after reading this thoughtful book, will both understand the challenges of security in a new century better and also be able to demand more imaginative and integrated responses from governments and non-governmental organizations.
Charles W. Kegley Jr.
This is must reading for all struggling to picture the coming security landscape—-an informed and informative interpretation that is sophisticated and comprehensive yet normatively centered as well. It is the best existing concise treatment of this important topic for students and interested members of the public. Highly recommended for courses dealing with the issue of security.
Bruce W. Jentleson
Seeking Security in an Insecure World is a unique and important contribution to the literature. No other book has the combination of scope and depth of treatment of the new global security agenda that Dan Caldwell and Robert Williams provide. Their text is insightful, engaging, grounded in theory as well as speaking to key policy issues—all in ways highly accessible for students.
James M. Lindsay
Dan Caldwell and Robert Williams have taken on a daunting challenge: to make sense of the broad array of threats facing the United States and the rest of the world in the twenty-first century. They have succeeded admirably. Seeking Security in an Insecure World provides an accessible and thoughtful analysis of issues ranging from terrorism to infectious diseases to cyber warfare.

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