International Security Studies: Theory and Practice

This new and updated edition of International Security Studies provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the subject of security studies, with a strong emphasis on the use of case studies to illustrate theoretical debates. In addition to presenting the major theoretical perspectives, the book examines a range of important and controversial topics in covering both traditional military and non-military security issues such as WMD proliferation, humanitarian intervention, food security and environmental security. The volume also offers a wide range of case studies providing detailed analyses of important global security issues.

Book contents:

  1. Framing a Discipline

  2. Strategies for Threat Modelling

  3. The Traditional Routes to Security: Realism and Liberalism

  4. Challenging Orthodoxy: Critical Security Studies

  5. Feminist Security Studies

  6. Human Security

  7. Constructing Security

  8. Reflecting on War and Peace

  9. New Wars, Globalisation and Failed States

  10. Nuclear Proliferation

  11. The International Arms Trade in Conventional Weapons

  12. Terrorism

  13. Religion and International Conflict

  14. Intelligence and Security

  15. The Rise of Private Military and Security Companies

  16. Environmental Security

  17. Crime and Security

  18. The Securization of LGBT Communities in Uganda

  19. Food Security

  20. Health and Security

  21. Disaster and Security

  22. Migration and Security

  23. Cyber Security

  24. The United Nations and the Responsibility to Protect

  25. NATO and Security Alliance Theory

  26. Regional Security Organizations

  27. The US: Seeking Security Post-9/11

  28. Russia, the Black Sea Region and Security

  29. China: Security and Threat Perceptions

  30. Security in Europe: the Triumph of Institution-Building

  31. Security in Africa

  32. The Artic

  33. The Arab Spring and Democracy: Problems and Prospects

  34. The Israeli-Palestine Conflict

  35. Korea

  36. Bolivia and Brazil: Humans, National and Environmental Security in Latin America

  37. Space and Security

  38. Conclusion: Where to Next?