International Security Studies : Theory and Practice book cover
1st Edition

International Security Studies
Theory and Practice

ISBN 9780415734370
Published February 19, 2015 by Routledge
492 Pages

SAVE ~ $13.79
was $68.95
USD $55.16

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

This new textbook provides students with a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the subject of security studies, with a strong emphasis on the use of case studies.

In addition to presenting the major theoretical perspectives, the book examines a range of important and controversial topics in modern debates, covering both traditional military and non-military security issues, such as proliferation, humanitarian intervention, food security and environmental security. Unlike most standard textbooks, the volume also offers a wide range of case studies – including chapters on the USA, China, the Middle East, Russia, Africa, the Arctic, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America – providing detailed analyses of important global security issues.

The 34 chapters contain pedagogical features such as textboxes, summary points and recommended further reading and are divided into five thematic sections:

  • Conceptual and Theoretical
  • Military Security
  • Non-Military Security
  • Institutions and Security
  • Case Studies

This textbook will be essential reading for all students of security studies and highly recommended for students of critical security studies, human security, peace and conflict studies, foreign policy and International Relations in general. 

Table of Contents

PART I: Conceptual and Theoretical 1. Introduction, Shahin Malik 2. Traditional Routes to Security, Edward Smith 3. Challenging Orthodoxy: Critical Security Studies, Shahin Malik 4. Feminist Security Studies, Wendy Stokes 5. Human Security, Shahin Malik 6. Constructing Security, Shahin Malik  PART II: Military Security 7. Reflecting on War and Peace, Bruce Pilbeam 8. New Wars, Globalisation and Failed States, Bruce Pilbeam 9. Nuclear Proliferation, Andrew Moran 10. The International Arms Trade in Conventional Weapons, Bruce Pilbeam 11. Terrorism, Andrew Moran 12. Religion and International Conflict, Jeffrey Haynes 13. Intelligence and Security, Andrew Moran 14. The Rise of Private Military and Security Companies, Bruce Pilbeam  PART III: Non-Military Security 15. Environmental Security, Peter Hough 16. Crime and Security, Peter Hough 17. Food Security, Peter Hough 18. Health and Security, Peter Hough 19. Disasters and Security, Peter Hough  PART IV: Institutions and Security 20. The United Nations and the Responsibility to Protect, Bruce Pilbeam 21. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization: Continuity and Change, Andrew Moran 22. Regional Security Organisations, Peter Hough  PART V: Case Studies 23. The United States, Andrew Moran 24. Russia, the Black Sea Region and Security, Tunc Aybak 25. China: Security and Threat Perceptions, Peter Hough and Shahin Malik 26. Security in Europe: The Triumph of Institution Building?, Dermot McCann 27. Security in Africa, Peter Hough 28. The Arctic, Peter Hough 29. The Arab Spring and Democracy: Problems and Prospects, Jeffrey Haynes 30. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Ronald Ranta 31. Human, National and Environmental Security in Latin America: Bolivia and Brazil, Lloyd Pettiford and Neil Hughes 32. Korea Opportunities: Human, Environmental and National Security in the ROK and DPRK, Lloyd Pettiford and Felix Abt 33. Space and Security, Ian Shields 34. Conclusion, Shahin Malik

View More



Peter Hough is Associate Professor in International Politics at Middlesex University, and author of The Global Politics of Pesticides (Earthscan 2008), Understanding Global Security (3rd edn, Routledge 2013), Environmental Security (Routledge 2014) and co-author of World Politics (2011).

Shahin Malilk is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at London Metropolitan University and co-author of World Politics (2011), co-editor of Deconstructing and Reconstructing the Cold War (1999) and co-author of Peacekeeping and the United Nations (1995).

Andrew Moran is Associate Professor of International Relations and a University Teaching Fellow at London Metropolitan University.

Bruce Pilbeam is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at London Metropolitan University and author of Conservatism in Crisis? (2003).

Featured Author Profiles

Author - Peter  Hough

Peter Hough

Associate Professor, Middlesex University

Learn more about Peter Hough »


'Viewed in the larger social context security embraces every dimension of human life, yet we persist in defining it according to our own narrow preoccupations. The authors of this book have done a signal service in bringing together in one volume so many diverse viewpoints. In doing so, they have added significantly to our understanding of war and peace.' -- Christopher Coker, London School of Economics, UK

'It has been commonly accepted for many years now that security is an essentially contested concept, and analysts have sought to find ways of expressing the full meaning of that realisation in forms that students can comfortably digest. There have been a number of such attempts. This volume achieves that end incredibly well. It does so through a comprehensiveness of approach and a subtlety of interpretation that will no doubt benefit successive cohorts of those studying this elusive concept.'--Stuart Croft, University of Warwick, UK

'An excellent teaching resource, written with students in mind, accessible, expansive in scope and yet detailed with a wide range of relevant case studies. An indispensable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students. If you only buy one book on security this has to be it.'Lee Marsden, University of East Anglia, UK

'This collection of original essays succeeds brilliantly in its three central aims: to map the intellectual currents within the discipline of International Security Studies; to survey the contemporary international security environment; and to consider key cases. The book combines breadth with depth, enabling students to understand vital aspects of international politics. Recommended without reservation.’ -- John Dumbrell, Durham University, UK

'International Security Studies is an essential introductory text for students. It frames the core intellectual debates that have defined the discipline by giving readers an accessible grounding in a broad range of contending understandings of security from realism to post-colonialism. It provides a compelling overview of the contemporary security environment and explores a comprehensive listing of key topics from nuclear proliferation to natural disasters. Moreover, it offers detailed regional and thematic case studies as a means of demonstrating how the theoretical and conceptual insights of security studies can be applied to better understand the security dynamics that are critical to world politics. The variety of cases on offer will capture the imaginations of students from those interested in the security challenges emerging in the aftermath of the Arab Spring to those yearning to learn more about the militarization of outer-space.  In sum, International Security Studies offers an excellent mix of theoretical and empirical material that delivers a comprehensive and sophisticated, yet student-friendly, overview of contemporary security studies.' -- Kyle Grayson, Newcastle University, UK

'This is an ambitious and successful book – which is good because it is also a necessary book. The authors present an exhaustive look at security with chapters on theoretical approaches, to chapters on old and new topics in security (such as the intersections of security with religion, the environment, and crime and security among others), to chapters on country case studies. This book will become the standard for security studies courses for its breadth, writing and consistency.' -- Laura Neack, Miami University, USA