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Technology, Ethics and the Protocols of Modern War

ISBN 9781138221338
Published March 29, 2018 by Routledge
234 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Contemporary security has expanded its meaning, content and structure in response to globalisation and the emergence of greatly improved world-wide communication. The protocols of modern warfare, including targeted killing, enhanced interrogations, mass electronic surveillance and the virtualisation of war have changed the moral landscape and brought diverse new interactions with politics, law, religion, ethics and technology.

This book addresses how and why the nature of security has changed and what this means for the security actors involved and the wider society. Offering a crossdisciplinary perspective on concepts, meanings and categories of security, the book brings together scholars and experts from a range of disciplines including political, military studies and security studies, political economy and international relations. Contributors reflect upon new communication methods, postmodern concepts of warfare, technological determinants and cultural preferences to provide new theoretical and analytical insights into a changing security environment and the protocols of war in the 21st century.

A useful text for scholars and students of security studies, international relations, global governance, international law and ethics, foreign policy, comparative studies and contemporary world history.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Protocols of modern war

Artur Gruszczak and Pawel Frankowski


Security transformations

2 Strategic communication and contemporary European security

Michael O. Holenweger and Alexandre C. Hochuli

3 Violence reconsidered: Towards post-modern warfare

Artur Gruszczak

4 Private security and military companies and foreign fighters: possible interactions and potential practical implications

Iveta Hlouchova

5 Uprisings, violence and the securitisation of inequality

Caroline Varin

6 Complicating security: The multiple narratives emerging from the Ukraine crisis

Crister S. Garrett


Technology and ethics

7 Technology, development, global commons and international security: A global commons and interdisciplinary approach to global security

M Matheswaran

8, Organisational networks in post-conflict disarmament efforts

Andrea Kathryn Talentino, Frederic S. Pearson and Isil Akbulut

9 From MK-Ultra project to Human Terrain System: Militarisation of social sciences - ethical dilemmas and future prospects

Michal Pawinski

10 Ethical dimension of post-heroic and autonomous modern armed conflicts

Blazej Sajduk,

11 European military and dual-use technology transfers to Russia: The impact on European and Transatlantic security

Simona R. Soare


Counterterrorism and cyber security

12 Dilemmas of security and social justice: The Maoist insurgency in India

Veena Thadani

13 Cyber security norms in the Euro-Atlantic region: NATO and the EU as norm entrepreneurs and norm diffusers

Joe Burton

14 Cyberspace’s ontological implications for national security

Dighton (Mac) Fiddner

15 Conclusions: Protocols of war - dimensions and layers

Pawel Frankowski and Artur Gruszczak


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Artur Gruszczak is an associate professor of political science, chair of national security at the Department of International and Political Studies, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. He is also faculty member of the European Academy Online run by the Centre International de Formation Européenne in Berlin. His principal interests and research areas include: EU internal security, EU intelligence cooperation, Euro-Atlantic security, modern warfare theory. Recently he published Intelligence Security in the European Union, Building a Strategic Intelligence Community (Palgrave Macmillan 2016) and edited Euro-Atlantic Security Policy: Between NATO Summits in Newport and Warsaw (Institute of Strategic Studies in Krakow 2015).

Pawel Frankowski is an associate professor of international relations at the Institute of Political Science and International Relations, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. He was post-doctoral fellow at University of Iceland (2010-2011) and University of St. Gallen (2011-2012). He was also a 2008 US State Department Fellow, SCIEX 2012 Fellow and 2015 Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow. His current research interests include: outer space security, social standards in free tree agreements, and regional integration schemes in Africa.