International Security

International Security : The Contemporary Agenda

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International Security: The Contemporary Agenda is a cutting-edge introduction to key security challenges and developments in the post-Cold War world. Drawing on a wide range of contemporary examples, it is an essential guide for students seeking to understand the theoretical and empirical debates over the fast-changing nature of international security today. The book is clearly organized into four main sections. Section 1 provides an analytical framework for the book, identifying the most significant post-Cold War shifts in international security and recent theoretical developments in security studies. Section 2 looks at environmental security, including the threat of resource-based conflict, most notably over oil and water, and the perceived security challenges of international migration. Section 3 analyses the root causes of the so-called new wars, and the broader insecurity found in many regions of the South. Dilemmas and problems of intervention, including the controversial debate over humanitarian intervention, are examined in detail. Section 4 discusses new security challenges posed by international terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. It explores the strategies and policies adopted by the United States, particularly in the aftermath of 9/11. This book will be valuable reading for students of international relations, international security and strategic studies.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 174 x 246 x 26mm | 639.58g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0745635407
  • 9780745635408

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"International Security: The Contemporary Agenda" is a cutting-edge introduction to key security challenges and developments in the post-Cold War world. Drawing on a wide range of contemporary examples, it is an essential guide for students seeking to understand the theoretical and empirical debates over the fast-changing nature of international security today. The book is clearly organized into four main sections. Section 1 provides an analytical framework for the book, identifying the most significant post-Cold War shifts in international security and recent theoretical developments in security studies. Section 2 looks at environmental security, including the threat of resource-based conflict, most notably over oil and water, and the perceived security challenges of international migration. Section 3 analyses the root causes of the so-called new wars, and the broader insecurity found in many regions of the South. Dilemmas and problems of intervention, including the controversial debate over humanitarian intervention, are examined in detail. Section 4 discusses new security challenges posed by international terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. It explores the strategies and policies adopted by the United States, particularly in the aftermath of 9/11. This book will be valuable reading for students of international relations, international security and strategic studies.show more

About Roland Dannreuther

Roland Dannreuther is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Studies, University of Edinburgh.show more

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"Essential reading for those who critique rationalism rather than jettison it." Political Studies Review "The book sets a very high standard of scholarship which others must now strive to emulate." Jolyon Howorth, Yale University "Roland Dannreuther provides a sensitive and analytically strong account of the intellectual dilemmas faced by security studies in the new environment of threat in the post-Cold War era. This book delivers an impressive tour d'horizon of the array of new and challenging issues faced by both academics and practitioners in the area of security and a balanced account of the continuing debates within the subdiscipline." S. Neil MacFarlane, University of Oxford "Anyone needing to navigate post-Cold War security studies need look no further than International Security: The Contemporary Agenda. Dannreuther clarifies and advances critical debates even as he provides an unmatched tour d'horizon. He treats often arcane material critically, fairly and insightfully, conveying his arguments in straightforward and effective prose. This is a timely and extremely useful book." William C. Wohlforth, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire "Students seeking a sensible guide through the maze of today's security challenges will welcome this book for its clear integration of theoretical analysis with key contemporary issues." Paul D. Williams, University of Birminghamshow more

Table of contents

1. Introduction: The Challenge of the New Security Agenda. Part 1: Analytical Framework. 2. Thinking about Security after the Cold War. 3. Theorizing about Security after the Cold War. Part 2: Environment, Resources and Migration. 4. Environmental Security. 5. The Struggle for Resources: Oil and Water. 6. People on the Move: Migration and Demography as a Security Issue. Part 3: The "New Wars" and Intervention. 7. Understanding Contemporary War and Insecurity. 8. Dilemmas and Challenges of Intervention. Part 4: Asymmetric Power and Asymmetric Threats. 9. International Terrorism and the Impact of 9/11. 10. Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction. 11. Conclusion: The Challenges for the Future.show more

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