Fully revised to incorporate recent developments, this third
edition of Understanding Global Security analyses the variety of
ways in which people's lives are threatened and/or secured in
contemporary global politics. The traditional focus of Security
Studies texts: war, deterrence and terrorism, are analysed
alongside non-military security issues such as famine, crime,
disease, disasters, environmental degradation and human rights
abuses to provide a comprehensive survey of how and why people are
killed in the contemporary world. New to this edition:
- Greater coverage of the evolving theoretical literature on
security, including more analysis of critical theory perspectives
and emerging schools of thought.
- A revamp of the sections examining the causes of inter-state
war and counter-terrorism strategies.
- Analysis of key recent developments including the global
economic recession, Haiti earthquake of 2010 and Fukushima nuclear
disaster of 2011.
- New quantitative analysis of the impact of global crime and
- Greater evaluation of the divergences in how human security is
interpreted and the future prospects for this way of thinking and
acting in international relations.
User-friendly and easy to follow, this textbook is designed to make
a complex subject accessible to all. Key features include:
- 'Top ten' tables highlighting the most destructive events or
forms of death in that areas throughout history.
- Boxed descriptions elaborating key concepts in the fields of
security and International Relations.
- 'Biographical boxes' of key individuals who have shaped
- Further reading and websites at the end of each chapter guiding
you towards the most up-to-date information on the various
- Glossary of political terminology.
This highly acclaimed and popular academic text will continue to be
essential reading for everyone interested in security.
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