The globalizing world is increasingly confronting a new category of security issues related to resource availability. The resource environment contains both traditional categories, such as energy, foodstuffs, and water, as well as new technologically related resources, such as rare earth minerals. The essays in this volume emphasize both the uniqueness and the magnitude of these new challenges, while simultaneously acknowledging that cooperation and competition in response to these security concerns occur within the context of both the historical and contemporary international power configurations. Moreover, these challenges are of a global nature and will require global perspectives, global thinking, and innovative global solutions. Krishna-Hensel brings together a wide range of topics focusing on critical resource availability impacting upon global security and the geopolitical ramifications of resource competition. The volume addresses the development of strategic thinking on these issues and underscores the increasing awareness that this is a critical area of concern in the twenty-first century global landscape.
Sai Felicia Krishna-Hensel, Auburn University at Montgomery, USA
'A careful, sobering discussion of the "new energy order" we now live in. This distinguished group of international scholars explores the ramifications of rising geopolitical competition for energy, water, and food, and calls for a novel security strategy-collective action. Especially good in highlighting the unintended consequences of shortsighted market based solutions typically advocated by politicians. An essential contribution to an important topic.' Nicolai N. Petro, University of Rhode Island, USA 'Welcome home: National security returns to its pre-Cold War roots and finds its new challenges complex and difficult. Gone are the days when a strong military industrial partnership and robust force structure was sufficient to defend and advance the cause of freedom. Now we must not only consider American military power, but the climate, energy and water demand equal strategic consideration. These new security frontiers claim thoughtful analysis and consideration by academia as we plot our course through the early years of the 21st Century. New Security Frontiers: Critical Energy and Resource Challenge is a superb place to start.' Kenneth A. Minihan, former Director of the National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency, USA