Understanding Global Security / Edition 1

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International security has once again become a crucial issue in the post-September 11th world. This textbook introduces students to the core issues of both 'hard'security, which dominated the Cold War, and the 'soft'security that has emerged since, in a clear and concise format that is easy to follow.

Understanding Global Security uses helpful case studies to illustrate the key concepts behind the increasing number of non-military threats to security such as terrorism, ethnic rivalries and transnational crime, whilst still exploring the more conventional areas such as war, nuclear weapons and the balance of power. A highly topical account that includes discussion of the 2003 Iraq War, this is the best introductory textbook for students of security studies, strategic studies and international relations. Key content includes:

  • defining security and the international political agenda
  • military threats from states and non-state actors
  • social identity and the economy as threats to security
  • environmental and health threats
  • terrorism
  • natural, man-made and criminal threats
  • future of security.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415296663
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/19/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Hough is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics and heads up this subject at Middlesex University.

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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. Tow

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