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An Introduction to Security Studies - Paul D. Williams and Matt McDonald
Part 1: Theoretical Approaches 1. Realisms - Colin Elman and Michael Jensen
2. Liberalisms - Cornelia Navari 3. Constructivisms - Matt McDonald 4. Critical Theory - Pinar Bilgin 5. Feminisms - Sandra Whitworth 6. Post-Structuralisms - Linda Ahall
7. Securitization - Jonna Nyman
8. Post-Colonialism - Nivi Manchanda
Part 2: Key Concepts
9. Uncertainty - Ken Booth and Nicholas J. Wheeler 10. Polarity - Barry Buzan
11. Culture - Michael N. Barnett 12. War - Paul D. Williams 13. Coercion - Lawrence Freedman and Srinath Rhagavan
14. Peace and Violence - Helen Dexter
15. Human Security - Gunhild Hoogensen Gjorv 16. Responsibility to Protect - Alex J. Bellamy 17. Development - Danielle Beswick Part 3: Institutions
18. Alliances - John Duffield
19. Regional Institutions - Louise Fawcett 20. The United Nations - Thomas G. Weiss and Danielle A. Zach 21. Peace Operations - Michael Pugh 22. The Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Regime - W. Pal Sidhu 23. Private Security Companies - Deborah Avant Part 4: Contemporary Challenges
24. Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity - Adam Jones
25. Ethnic Conflict - Stuart J. Kaufman 26. Terrorism - Paul Rogers 27. Counterterrorism - Paul R. Pillar 28. Counterinsurgency - Joanna Spear 29. Intelligence - Richard J. Aldrich
30. Transnational Organized Crime - Phil Williams
31. International Arms Trade - William D. Hartung 32. Migration and Refugees - Sita Bali 33. Energy Security - Michael T. Klare 34. Women, Peace and Security - Aisling Swaine 35. Environmental Change - Simon Dalby
36. Health - Colin McInnes 37. Cyber Security - Rhea Siers 38. Outer Space - Audra Mitchell

About the Author

Paul D. Williams is Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Security Policy Studies MA Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. Dr Williams is also a non-resident senior adviser at the International Peace Institute in New York. His most recent publications include Fighting for Peace in Somalia: A history and analysis of the African Union Mission (AMISOM), 2007-2017 (Oxford University Press, 2018); War and Conflict in Africa (Polity, 2nd edition, 2016); The Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, edited with J. Koops, N. MacQueen, and T. Tardy (Oxford University Press, 2015); Providing Peacekeepers: The Politics, Challenges, and Future of United Nations Peacekeeping Contributions, edited with A.J. Bellamy (Oxford University Press, 2013); and Understanding Peacekeeping, with A.J. Bellamy (Polity, 2nd edition, 2010). Matt McDonald is Reader in International Relations at the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland. His most recent publications include Ethics and Global Security: A Cosmopolitan Approach, with Anthony Burke and Katrina Lee-Koo (Routledge, 2014) and Security, the Environment and Emancipation (Routledge, 2012). He is co-editor of the Australian Journal of Politics and History.


"Debates and controversies about security politics and practices are of immediate significance in contemporary global politics. Since its first publication, this book has made an important contribution to knowledge in this field. This comprehensively revised third edition, featuring welcome contributions on post-structuralism, post-colonialism, and the Women, Peace and Security agenda, among other new topics, ensures the continued relevance of the book, and its ongoing status as my ' go to' book for teaching security studies." - Laura J. Shepherd, Professor, UNSW Sydney, Australia.

"Combining theoretical breadth and empirical engagement, this text provides a comprehensive guide to understanding some of the most important issues in world politics today. An outstanding introduction to security and security studies." - Michael C Williams, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa

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