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Contemporary Challenges to Australian Security
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Contemporary Challenges to Australian Security provides an introductory overview of the key conceptual, theoretical, empirical and policy issues central to critical security study debate. This text provides a practical real-world overview of the various elements that together constitute 'Australian security'. Through the use of primary source materials this book invites the reader to assess the changing nature of Australian security in the context of the increasingly fluid, complex and dynamic nature of Asia-Pacific and global politics. Written clearly and concisely, Contemporary Challenges to Australian Security offers a comprehensive framework which addresses contemporary issues in today's world.
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Foreword About the authors Acknowledgments Preface 1: Introduction: threats to Australia's security What is security? Different perspectives on security Why is an Australian perspective important? Part A: Theoretical approaches 2: Approaches to security analysis Issue: theoretical approaches Sources Discussion Source significance Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading Interesting websites Part B: Key concepts 3: Human security Issue: human security Sources Discussion Source significance Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading Interesting websites 4: Power structures and power shifts Issue: power shifts Sources Discussion Source significance Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading Interesting websites 5: Middle power Issue: middle-power frameworks Sources Discussion Source significance Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading Interesting websites Part C: Challenges to security 6: Information security Issue: information security beyond intelligence Sources Discussion Source significance Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading and viewing Interesting websites 7: Refugees, asylum seekers and international human rights Issue: refugees and human rights Sources Discussion Source significance Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading Interesting websites 8: Environmental security Issue: environmental degradation Sources Discussion Source significance Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading Interesting websites 9: Poverty and development Issue: poverty Sources Discussion Source significance Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading Interesting websites 10: Failed and failing states Issue: regime change and nation-building Sources Discussion Source significance Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading Interesting websites 11: Terrorism Issue: terrorism in the twenty-first century Sources Discussion Source significance Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading Interesting websites 12: Femicide and misogynous culture Issue: femicide Sources Discussion Source significance Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading Interesting websites 13: Culture and security Issue: the culture-security dilemma Sources Discussion Source significance Conclusion Discussion questions Further reading Interesting websites 14: Conclusion: managing multidimensional security challenges Discussion questions Further reading Interesting websites References Index

About the Author

Dr Daniel Baldino is a senior lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Perth. He is head of its Politics and International Relations Program. His research interests include international relations of the Asia-Pacific region, Australian politics and foreign policy, US national security strategy and terrorism and counterterrorism. Dr Juliet Pietsch is a senior lecturer in Political Science at the Australian National University. Juliet's research interests lie in analysing broad patterns of social and political behaviour in Australia and South-East Asia. She has a particular research interest in the individual experiences of migration and citizenship for migrants in Australia and South-East Asia. Dr David Lundberg is a senior lecturer at the School of International Studies, University of South Australia. Previously, he has been an APSA Parliamentary Political Science Fellow, a Ministerial Adviser to a Minister for Defence and a Leader of the Government in the Senate and an intelligence analyst for the Office of National Assessments. Dr John A Rees is a senior lecturer in International Relations at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Sydney. John is the author of Religion in International Politics and Development: the World Bank and faith institutions (Edward Elgar, 2011). His research interests include the impacts of culture and religion on international security.

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