Understanding Global Security

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Fully revised to incorporate recent developments, this third edition of Understanding Global Security analyses the variety of ways in which people's lives are threatened and/or secured in contemporary global politics. The traditional focus of Security Studies texts: war, deterrence and terrorism, are analysed alongside non-military security issues such as famine, crime, disease, disasters, environmental degradation and human rights abuses to provide a comprehensive survey of how...

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Overview

Fully revised to incorporate recent developments, this third edition of Understanding Global Security analyses the variety of ways in which people's lives are threatened and/or secured in contemporary global politics. The traditional focus of Security Studies texts: war, deterrence and terrorism, are analysed alongside non-military security issues such as famine, crime, disease, disasters, environmental degradation and human rights abuses to provide a comprehensive survey of how and why people are killed in the contemporary world.

New to this edition:

  • Greater coverage of the evolving theoretical literature on security, including more analysis of critical theory perspectives and emerging schools of thought.
  • A revamp of the sections examining the causes of inter-state war and counter-terrorism strategies.
  • Analysis of key recent developments including the global economic recession, Haiti earthquake of 2010 and Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011.
  • New quantitative analysis of the impact of global crime and environmental change.
  • Greater evaluation of the divergences in how human security is interpreted and the future prospects for this way of thinking and acting in international relations.

User-friendly and easy to follow, this textbook is designed to make a complex subject accessible to all. Key features include:

  • Top ten’ tables highlighting the most destructive events or forms of death in that areas throughout history.
  • Boxed descriptions elaborating key concepts in the fields of security and International Relations.
  • ‘Biographical boxes’ of key individuals who have shaped security politics.
  • Further reading and websites at the end of each chapter guiding you towards the most up-to-date information on the various topics.
  • Glossary of political terminology.

This highly acclaimed and popular academic text will continue to be essential reading for everyone interested in security.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Making international relations seem complicated is easy because they are. To make one of IR’s key concepts both comprehensive and comprehensible is a much more difficult skill which Hough has mastered extremely well."

Lloyd Pettiford, Professor of International Relations at Nottingham Trent University, UK

'The third edition of Peter Hough's book is a comprehensive yet accessible survey of the issue of 'security' in international relations. It will be required reading for students and experts will also find much of interest. Highly recommended'

Professor Jeffrey Haynes, London Metropolitan University, UK.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415688406
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/22/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 723,133
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Hough lectures in International Relations and heads up this subject at Middlesex University, UK.

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Table of Contents

1. Security and Securitization 1.1 Defining security 1.2 The international political agenda 1.3 The securitization of issues 2. Military threats to security from states 2.1 Prelude to the present order 2.2 A new world order? 2.3 New world disorder? 2.4 An end to ‘high politics’? 3. Military threats to security from non-state actors 3.1 One man’s terrorist…. 3.2 Types of violent political non-state actors 3.3 Tactics of violent political non-state actors 3.4 State responses to non-state aggression 3.5 Global responses to non-state violence 4. Economic threats to security 4.1 Poverty and food security 4.2 Depression 4.3 Economic statecraft 4.4 Achieving global economic security 5. Social Identity as a threat to security 5.1 Societal security 5.2 Forms of violent discrimination 5.3 Securing the individual- the global politics of human rights 6. Environmental threats to security 6.1 The rise of environmental issues in global politics 6.2 The environment and military security 6.3 Environmental issues themselves as security threats 6.4 Towards ecological security 7. Health threats to security 7.1 The globalization of ill-health 7.2 The development of global health policy 7.3 The state securitization of health 7.4 The human securitization of health 7.5 The globalization of heath security 8. Natural threats to security 8.1 Natural disasters 8.2 The rise of human vulnerability to nature 8.3 Preparing for the unexpected- the global politics of securing the vulnerable 9. Accidental threats to security 9.1 Accidents will happen? The nature of man-made accidents 9.2 The collateral damage of industrialization? The rise of accidental threats 9.3 Sub-global international accident and risk management policy 9.4 Securing those at risk in the world- global policy on accidents 10. Criminal threats to security 10.1 Global crime in historical context 10.2 Webs of deceit: the rise of transnational crime 10.3 Global policemen?- the rise of international political action on crime 11. Towards global security 11.1 Thinking global: integration theories and global politics 11.2 Acting global: global solutions to global problems

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