Risk, Global Governance and Security

The Other War on Terror

By Yee-Kuang Heng, Ken McDonagh

© 2009 – Routledge

224 pages

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About the Book

This book applies risk society theory to the 'War on Terror', steering the discussion away from the militaristic discourse of the Bush era towards an emphasis on global cooperation and a new cosmopolitan agenda.

The literature and rhetoric of the 'War on Terror' has been dominated by dramatic high-profile military campaigns and division in the international community. This overlooks the various multilateral practices and cooperative processes that are emerging to combat global terrorism. President Bush himself had initially been at pains to stress that his 'war' on terror would be like no other; it would involve not just military tools but financial, intelligence, police and diplomatic measures too. More than eight years later, the time is right for an in-depth evaluation of this 'other' war on terror. Yet these relatively mundane regulatory dimensions have received much less attention than the 'hot' wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, where ongoing difficulties suggest that military force alone is inadequate in controlling globalised terrorism.

This book aims to redress this imbalance, by foregrounding these initiatives, tracing their implementation and reflecting on the implications for International Relations. Adopting an analytical approach that seeks to incorporate theories of risk, global governance and security, this book aims to explore the overlapping multi-level and multi-lateral dynamics of the emerging global security architecture which have remained neglected and unmapped thus far in the war on terror.

This book will be of interest to students of risk politics, security studies, global governance and IR in general.

Yee-Kuang Heng is Lecturer in International Relations, University of St Andrews, UK. Kenneth McDonagh is Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University.

Reviews

"This is an innovative book in its approach and subject matter and offers a fresh perspective on issues generally overlooked by the literature." - Emmanouela Mylonaki, London South Bank University, UK

Table of Contents

1. The Other War on Terror 2 . Risk, Global Governance and Security 3. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) 4. The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) 5. Aviation Security 6. Whither the Other War on Terror?

About the Authors

Yee-Kuang Heng is Lecturer in International Relations, University of St Andrews, UK.

Kenneth McDonagh is Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University.

About the Series

Routledge Global Security Studies

Global Security Studies is a series for cutting-edge monographs and books on international security. It emphasizes cutting-edge scholarship on the forces reshaping global security and the dilemmas facing decision-makers the world over. The series stresses security issues relevant in many countries and regions, accessible to broad professional and academic audiences as well as to students, and enduring through explicit theoretical foundations.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
POL012000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security