4th Edition

Security Studies An Introduction

Edited By Paul D Williams, Matt McDonald Copyright 2023
    728 Pages 7 Color & 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    728 Pages 7 Color & 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    728 Pages 7 Color & 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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, emerging 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.

    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  Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv
    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 J. 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


    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).

    "Security Studies centres the millions of people most affected by the world’s wicked problems. It explores the forces at work that cause and exacerbate those wicked problems, as well as offering insights on who might ameliorate them, and how. It equips students with the tools they need to analyse the world’s most complex and pressing security challenges. It situates them within a rich, historical context, and provides an in-depth understanding of how power operates in international politics."
    Ruth Blakeley, University of Sheffield, UK