Global Trends and Transitions in Security Expertise: From Nuclear Deterrence to Climate Change and Back Again, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Global Trends and Transitions in Security Expertise

From Nuclear Deterrence to Climate Change and Back Again, 1st Edition

By James G. McGann


196 pages | 47 B/W Illus.

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The scope of Security and International Affairs research has expanded tremendously since the end of the Cold War to include topics beyond the realm of war studies or military statecraft. The field—once devoted solely to the study of conventional military and nuclear security issues—has diversified to include foci often considered nontraditional, including peace and conflict, political, economic, environmental, and human security.

In this exciting new volume, McGann has undertaken a quantitative and qualitative study of SIA think tanks, looking at global and regional trends in their research.  He argues that the end of the Cold War marked a fundamental shift within the field of defense and security studies among think tanks and academics. Tracking the evolution of security as understood by researchers and policymakers is vital as the world follows the path of the Four Mores: more issues, more actors, more competition, and more conflict. As we move forward into a world of rapid change and ubiquitous uncertainty, think tanks will only become more prominent and influential.

The volume concludes with an assessment of the future of Security and International Affairs studies and raises the possibility of a return to a traditional security focus driven by recent events in Europe and the Middle East. This will be an important resource for students and scholars of security studies, global governance, and think tanks.

Table of Contents


1. What is a "Security and International Affairs Think Tank"?

2. What is "Expertise"?

3. What is "Security Studies"?

4. What is Security Expertise?

5. Methodology

6. Think Tank Trends and Regional Breakdown by Security Foci

7. Case Studies

8. Conclusions and Areas for Future Research


About the Author

James G. McGann is a senior lecturer in International Studies at the Lauder Institute, Director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) and Senior Fellow, Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has two "streams" identified by their covers:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General