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4th Edition

Security Studies
An Introduction

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ISBN 9781032162737
February 27, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
626 Pages 7 Color & 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Security Studies: An Introduction, 4th edition, is the most comprehensive textbook available on the subject, providing students with in-depth coverage of traditional and critical approaches and an essential grounding in the debates, frameworks, and issues of the contemporary security agenda.

This new edition has been completely revised and updated, to cover major developments such as COVID-19, the rise of populism, climate change, China and Russia’s place in the world, and the Trump administration. It also includes new chapters on great power rivalry, new technologies, and economic threats.

Divided into four parts, the text provides students with a detailed, accessible overview of the major theoretical approaches, key themes, and most significant issues within security studies.

  • Part 1 explores the main theoretical approaches from both traditional and critical standpoints
  • Part 2 explains the central concepts underpinning contemporary debates
  • Part 3 presents an overview of the institutional security architecture
  • Part 4 examines some of the key contemporary challenges to global security

Collecting these related strands into a single textbook creates a valuable teaching tool and a comprehensive, accessible learning resource for undergraduates and MA students.

Table of Contents

An Introduction to Security Studies Paul D. Williams and Matt McDonald
Part 1: Theoretical Approaches
Traditional Approaches
1. Realisms  Michael A. Jensen
2. Liberalisms Cornelia Navari
3. Constructivisms Matt McDonald
Critical Approaches
4. Critical Theory  Pinar Bilgin
5. Feminisms  Sandra Whitworth
6. Poststructuralism  Linda Åhäll
7. Securitization  Jonna Nyman
8. Postcolonialism  Nivi Manchanda
Part 2: Key Concepts
9. Uncertainty  Ken Booth and Nicholas J. Wheeler
10. Great Power Rivalry  Beverley Loke
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  Grunhild Hoogensen Gjorv
16. Responsibility to Protect Alex J. Bellamy
17. Development  Danielle Beswick
Part 3: Institutions
18. Alliances  Sara Bjerg Moller
19. Regional Organizations  Louise Fawcett
20. The United Nations  Thomas G. Weiss and Danielle Zach
21. Peace Operations  Michael Pugh
22. The Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Regime  W. Pal Sidhu
23. Private Military and 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 Aldrich
30. Economic Threats  Rollie Lal
31. Transnational Organized Crime  Phil Williams
32. Global Arms Trade  Andrew T.H. Tan
33. Migration and Refugees Sita Bali
34. Energy Security  Michael T. Klare
35. Women, Peace, and Security Aisling Swaine
36. Environmental Change Matt McDonald and Simon Dalby
37. Health Jessica Kirk
38. Emerging Technologies  Paul D. Williams
39. Cybersecurity  Rhea Siers
40. Outer Space  Cassandra Steer

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Paul D. Williams is Professor and Associate Director of the Security Policy Studies MA Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. 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 Press, 2nd edition, 2016); and Understanding Peacekeeping, with A.J. Bellamy (Polity Press, 3rd edition, 2021).

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 Ecological Security (Cambridge University Press, 2021); 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.