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Understanding Global Security


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1. Security and Securitization 1.1 Defining security 1.2 The international political agenda 1.3 The securitization of issues 2. Military threats to security from states 2.1 Prelude to the present order 2.2 A new world order? 2.3 New world disorder? 2.4 An end to `high politics'? 3. Military threats to security from non-state actors 3.1 One man's terrorist.... 3.2 Types of violent political non-state actors 3.3 Tactics of violent political non-state actors 3.4 State responses to non-state aggression 3.5 Global responses to non-state violence 4. Economic threats to security 4.1 Poverty and food security 4.2 Depression 4.3 Economic statecraft 4.4 Achieving global economic security 5. Social Identity as a threat to security 5.1 Societal security 5.2 Forms of violent discrimination 5.3 Securing the individual- the global politics of human rights 6. Environmental threats to security 6.1 The rise of environmental issues in global politics 6.2 The environment and military security 6.3 Environmental issues themselves as security threats 6.4 Towards ecological security 7. Health threats to security 7.1 The globalization of ill-health 7.2 The development of global health policy 7.3 The state securitization of health 7.4 The human securitization of health 7.5 The globalization of heath security 8. Natural threats to security 8.1 Natural disasters 8.2 The rise of human vulnerability to nature 8.3 Preparing for the unexpected- the global politics of securing the vulnerable 9. Accidental threats to security 9.1 Accidents will happen? The nature of man-made accidents 9.2 The collateral damage of industrialization? The rise of accidental threats 9.3 Sub-global international accident and risk management policy 9.4 Securing those at risk in the world- global policy on accidents 10. Criminal threats to security 10.1 Global crime in historical context 10.2 Webs of deceit: the rise of transnational crime 10.3 Global policemen?- the rise of international political action on crime 11. Towards global security 11.1 Thinking global: integration theories and global politics 11.2 Acting global: global solutions to global problems

About the Author

Peter Hough is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics and heads up this subject at Middlesex University, UK. In addition to his research in the area of security, he has had published books and articles on global environmental politics, including The Global Politics of Pesticides (Earthscan 1998).


It can be very easy to lapse into academic jargon but it is a trap that Understanding Global Security avoids superbly. As with the first edition, this new version with new features acts not only as an excellent guide but also as a book of signposts as to where the student should go next. The transition to University can be a difficult one, but it would be easier for all students if their subject area had a book of this clarity and comprehensive content.

Lloyd Pettiford, Associate Dean and Professor of International Relations at Nottingham Trent University, UK

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