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This concise text presents a focused, well-rounded, and clear-eyed introduction to the concept of human security. Questioning the utility of traditional national-security frameworks in the post-Cold War era, Paul Battersby and Joseph M. Siracusa argue that we must urgently reconsider the principle of state sovereignty in a global world where threats to humanity are beyond the capacity of any one nation to address through unilateral action.

The authors highlight circumstances, actors, and influences beyond the traditional focus on state security, especially the role of international organizations and nongovernmental organizations. They also emphasize the importance of human rights, arguing for the development of an effective intervention capacity to protect individuals from state action as well as other security threats arising from conflict, poverty, disease, and environmental degradation. A welcome alternative to state-centric approaches to security, this balanced book will be a valuable supplement for courses in international and national security.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742556522
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/16/2009
Series: Globalization Series
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Joseph M. Siracusa is Professor in Human Security and International Diplomacy and Discipline Head of Global Studies in the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, at RMIT University, Australia where he is a specialist in American politics and global security.

Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Globalizing National Security: Envisioning Security beyond the Nation State Chapter 2: The Alchemy of Peace: Elementary Studies on Humans and Security Chapter 3: "Black Hawk Down": Mogadishu 1993 and the Costs of Intervention Chapter 4: Global Webs of Risk: Complex Security in a Globally Networked World Chapter 5: Human Rights and Human Security: Pragmatic Perspectives on Human Rights Chapter 6: Averting Nuclear Armageddon: Reality Checks and Nuclear Balances Chapter 7: Roadmaps and Roadblocks: Securing Humanity in the Twenty-first Century

What People are Saying About This

Scott Kaufman

This wonderful book will provide both generalists and specialists a better understanding of the multidimensionality of issues related to human security. All government officials should give this work a careful read as they consider how their policies will enhance or inhibit the development of a more stable, secure world.

Richard Dean Burns

In a balanced, well-written synthesis, Battersby and Siracusa quite rightly point out that the quest for human security requires resolution of political, social, and economic injustices. Instructors will find this an excellent book to motivate students to think about human problems globally.

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