International Security: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | October 2, 2013

byChristopher S. Browning

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The subject of international security is never out of the headlines. The subjects of war and peace, military strategy, the proliferation of nuclear weapons and revisionist states remain central to the discussion, but burgeoning concerns such as climate change, migration, poverty, health, andinternational terrorism have complicated the field. So what really matters? The traditional prioritization of state security or the security needs of individuals, humanity, and the biosphere? And where do the problems lie? Are states themselves as much a part of the problem as the solution forpeople's security needs? With globalization, the international security environment has become more interdependent than ever before with the establishment of complex networks that make responding to and managing security challenges increasingly difficult, but increasingly necessary. This Very Short Introduction shows that international security is both vibrant and deeply contested, with stakeholders frequently in disagreement over questions of priority and approach. Christopher S. Browning outlines the nature of the key debates about contemporary international securitychallenges, and discusses the inherent difficulties that exist in tackling them. He also asks to what extent such debates are infused with questions of power, politics, justice, morality, and responsibility.

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The subject of international security is never out of the headlines. The subjects of war and peace, military strategy, the proliferation of nuclear weapons and revisionist states remain central to the discussion, but burgeoning concerns such as climate change, migration, poverty, health, andinternational terrorism have complicated the ...

Christopher S. Browning is Associate Professor of International Security at the University of Warwick. He has published widely on his core research interests of identity politics, critical approaches to security and critical geopolitics and has a particular interest in the politics of civilisations, the performance of nationhood and th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pagesPublished:October 2, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199668531

ISBN - 13:9780199668533

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. A contested nature3. The problem of war4. The United Nations5. The changing nature of armed conflict6. Human security and development7. Resources, climate change, and capitalism8. Saviours or sinners?9. The politics of fear and control