Contemporary Security Studies (5th edition)

ISBN : 9780198804109

Alan Collins
544 ページ
189 x 246 mm
  • Offers broad coverage of contemporary security studies, giving lecturers the flexibility to use the text in a way that directly supports their teaching.
  • Provides a depth of coverage of theories and concepts, unmatched by any other security studies textbook.
  • Brings together carefully edited contributions from international experts in the field, giving students insights from a range of leading scholars.
  • Challenges students to question their own assumptions, encouraging the development of critical thinking skills.
  • Includes coverage of critical security studies perspectives, including poststructuralism and postcolonialism.
  • Considers a broad range of traditional and non-traditional security issues, from inter-state armed conflict and nuclear weapons to security issues centring on the environment, crime and cyber-attacks.

New to this Edition:

  • A new chapter on regime security provides important insights on the insecurities confronting many regimes in the developing world.
  • New content on liberal internationalism provides greater depth of coverage of international security cooperation and governance.
  • A revised Chapter 8 on poststructuralism builds on students' understanding of critical approaches to security.
  • Every chapter has been updated to reflect current political issues and developments in world affairs, such as the Trump presidency, the conflict in Syria, and new cyber security threats.

With in-depth coverage of a wide range of issues, from terrorism, inter-state conflict, and nuclear deterrence to environmental security, health, and organized crime, Contemporary Security Studies is the definitive introduction to security studies. Bringing together leading scholars, it provides a student-friendly guide to traditional and critical theoretical approaches, as well the most important issues that dominate the modern security agenda.
Throughout the text, students are encouraged to question their own preconceptions and to use their own judgement to critically evaluate key approaches and ideas. To help them achieve this, each chapter is punctuated with helpful learning features including 'key ideas', 'think points' and case studies, which demonstrate the real world applications, relevance, and implications of the theory.
The book is supported by online resources designed to help students take their learning further.
For students:
- Explore relevant security issues in greater depth with additional online case studies.
- Test your understanding of the key ideas and themes in each chapter with self-marking multiple-choice questions.
- Expand your knowledge of the subject with web links to additional reliable sources.


1: Introduction: What is Security Studies?, Alan Collins

Part 1: Approaches to Security
2: Realism, Charles L. Glaser
3: Liberalism and Liberal Internationalism, Patrick Morgan
4: Historical Materialism, Eric Herring
5: Peace Studies, Paul Rogers
6: Social Constructivism, Christine Agius
7: Critical Security Studies: A Schismatic History, David Mutimer
8: Poststructural Insights: Making Subjects and Objects of Security, J. Marshall Beier
9: Postcolonialism, Mark Laffey and Suthaharan Nadarajah
10: Human Security, Randolph B. Persaud
11: Gender and Security, Caroline Kennedy and Sophia Dingli
12: Securitization, Ralf Emmers

Part 2: Deepening and Broadening Security
13: Military Security, Michael Sheehan
14: Regime Security, Andreas Krieg
15: Societal Security, Paul Roe
16: Environmental Security, Jon Barnett and Geoffrey Dabelko
17: Economic Security, Gary M. Shiffman
18: Globalization, Development, and Security, Nana K. Poku and Jacqueline Therkelsen

Part 3: Traditional and Non-Traditional Security
19: Coercive Diplomacy: Countering War-Threatening Crises and Armed Conflicts, Peter Viggo Jakobsen
20: Weapons of Mass Destruction, James J. Wirtz
21: Terrorism, Brenda Lutz and James Lutz
22: Humanitarian Intervention, Alex J. Bellamy and Stephen McLoughlin
23: Energy Security, Sam Raphael and Doug Stokes
24: The Weapons Trade, Suzette R. Grillot
25: Health and Security, Stefan Elbe
26: Transnational Crime, Harold Trinkunas
27: Cyber-Security, Myriam Dunn Cavelty
28: After the Return to Theory: The Past, Present, and Future of Security Studies, Ole Wæver and Barry Buzan


Edited by Alan Collins, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Swansea University.
Christine Aguis, Swinburne University of Technology Australia
Jon Barnett, University of Melbourne, Australia
Marshall Beier, McMaster University, Canada
Alex Bellamy, Griffith University, Australia
Barry Buzan, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
Geoffrey Dabelko, Ohio University, USA
Sophia Dingli, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Myriam Dunn Cavelty, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Stefan Elbe, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
Ralf Emmers, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Charles L. Glaser, The George Washington University, USA
Suzette Grillot, University of Oklahoma, USA
Eric Herring, University of Bristol, USA
Peter Viggo Jakobsen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Caroline Kennedy, University of Hull, United Kingdom
Andreas Krieg, King's College London, United Kingdom
Mark Laffey, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, United Kingdom
Brenda Lutz, Indiana University Purdue, USA
James Lutz, Indiana University Purdue, USA
Stephen McLoughlin, Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom
Patrick Morgan, University of California, Irvine, USA
David Mutimer, York University, Canada
Sutha Nadarajah, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, United Kingdom
Randolph B. Persaud, American University, USA
Nana K. Poku, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Sam Raphael, University of Westminster, United Kingdom
Paul Roe, Central European University, Hungary
Paul Rogers, University of Bradford, United Kingdom
Mike Sheehan, Swansea University, United Kingdom
Gary Shiffman, Georgetown University, USA
Doug Stokes, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
Jacqueline Therkelsen, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Harold Trinkunas, Stanford University, USA
Ole Waever, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
James J. Wirtz, US Naval Postgraduate School, USA

Review from previous edition 
"Accessible in its approach, logical in its structure, impressive in its coverage without being superficial, and genuinely absorbing to read. " - Dr Alexander Mackenzie, University of Liverpool

"This book provides depth of coverage of both theory and contemporary issues, and provides a definitive, student-friendly introduction to security studies. " - Dr Kamil Zwolski, University of Southampton