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Security Studies: An Introduction / Edition 1

Security Studies: An Introduction / Edition 1

by Paul D. Williams
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  • Overview

    Security Studies: An Introduction, 3rd edition, is the most comprehensive textbook available on the subject, providing students with an essential grounding in the debates, frameworks, and issues on the contemporary security agenda.

    This new edition has been comprehensively revised and updated, with new chapters added on poststructuralism, postcolonialism, securitization, peace and violence, development, women, peace and security, cybersecurity, and outer space.

    Divided into four parts, the text provides students with a detailed, accessible overview of the major theoretical approaches, key themes, and most significant issues within security studies.

    • Part 1 explores the main theoretical approaches from both traditional and critical standpoints
    • Part 2 explains the central concepts underpinning contemporary debates
    • Part 3 presents an overview of the institutional security architecture
    • Part 4 examines some of the key contemporary challenges to global security

    Collecting these related strands into a single textbook creates a valuable teaching tool and a comprehensive, accessible learning resource for undergraduates and MA students.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 2900415425628
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Publication date: 09/23/2008
    Edition description: Older Edition
    Pages: 576
    Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

    About the Author

    Paul D. Williams is Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Security Policy Studies MA Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. Dr Williams is also a non-resident senior adviser at the International Peace Institute in New York. His most recent publications include Fighting for Peace in Somalia: A history and analysis of the African Union Mission (AMISOM), 2007–2017 (Oxford University Press, 2018); War and Conflict in Africa (Polity, 2nd edition, 2016); The Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, edited with J. Koops, N. MacQueen, and T. Tardy (Oxford University Press, 2015); Providing Peacekeepers: The Politics, Challenges, and Future of United Nations Peacekeeping Contributions, edited with A.J. Bellamy (Oxford University Press, 2013); and Understanding Peacekeeping, with A.J. Bellamy (Polity, 2nd edition, 2010).

    Matt McDonald is Reader in International Relations at the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland. His most recent publications include Ethics and Global Security: A Cosmopolitan Approach, with Anthony Burke and Katrina Lee-Koo (Routledge, 2014) and Security, the Environment and Emancipation (Routledge, 2012). He is co-editor of the Australian Journal of Politics and History.

    Table of Contents

    An Introduction to Security Studies – Paul D. Williams and Matt McDonald

    Part 1: Theoretical Approaches

    1. Realisms – Colin Elman and Michael Jensen
    2. Liberalisms – Cornelia Navari

    3. Constructivisms – Matt McDonald

    4. Critical Theory – Pinar Bilgin

    5. Feminisms – Sandra Whitworth

    6. Post-Structuralisms – Linda Åhäll
    7. Securitization – Jonna Nyman
    8. Post-Colonialism – Nivi Manchanda

    Part 2: Key Concepts
    9. Uncertainty – Ken Booth and Nicholas J. Wheeler

    10. Polarity – Barry Buzan
    11. Culture – Michael N. Barnett

    12. War – Paul D. Williams

    13. Coercion – Lawrence Freedman and Srinath Rhagavan
    14. Peace and Violence – Helen Dexter
    15. Human Security – Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv

    16. Responsibility to Protect – Alex J. Bellamy

    17. Development – Danielle Beswick

    Part 3: Institutions
    18. Alliances – John Duffield
    19. Regional Institutions – Louise Fawcett

    20. The United Nations – Thomas G. Weiss and Danielle A. Zach

    21. Peace Operations – Michael Pugh

    22. The Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Regime – W. Pal Sidhu

    23. Private Security Companies – Deborah Avant

    Part 4: Contemporary Challenges
    24. Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity – Adam Jones
    25. Ethnic Conflict – Stuart J. Kaufman

    26. Terrorism – Paul Rogers

    27. Counterterrorism – Paul R. Pillar

    28. Counterinsurgency – Joanna Spear

    29. Intelligence – Richard J. Aldrich
    30. Transnational Organized Crime – Phil Williams
    31. International Arms Trade – William D. Hartung

    32. Migration and Refugees – Sita Bali

    33. Energy Security – Michael T. Klare

    34. Women, Peace and Security – Aisling Swaine

    35. Environmental Change – Simon Dalby
    36. Health – Colin McInnes

    37. Cyber Security – Rhea Siers

    38. Outer Space – Audra Mitchell

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