International Security: A Very Short Introduction [#369]
International Security: A Very Short Introduction [#369]


  • Uses a broad range of international examples to illustrate concepts
  • Focuses on contemporary security developments and arguments
  • Highlights the politically contested and ethical nature of all the international security debates

The subject of international security is never out of the headlines. The subjects of war and peace, military strategy, the proliferation of nuclear weapons and revisionist states remain central to the discussion, but burgeoning concerns such as climate change, migration, poverty, health, and international terrorism have complicated the field. So what really matters? The traditional prioritization of state security or the security needs of individuals, humanity, and the biosphere? And where do the problems lie? Are states themselves as much a part of the problem as the solution for people's security needs? With globalization, the international security environment has become more interdependent than ever before with the establishment of complex networks that make responding to and managing security challenges increasingly difficult, but increasingly necessary. 

This Very Short Introduction shows that international security is both vibrant and deeply contested, with stakeholders frequently in disagreement over questions of priority and approach. Christopher S. Browning outlines the nature of the key debates about contemporary international security challenges, and discusses the inherent difficulties that exist in tackling them. He also asks to what extent such debates are infused with questions of power, politics, justice, morality, and responsibility. 
Reading Guide


1: Introduction
2: A contested nature
3: The problem of war
4: The United Nations
5: The changing nature of armed conflict
6: Human security and development
7: Resources, climate change, and capitalism
8: Saviours or sinners?
9: The politics of fear and control


Christopher S. Browning, Associate Professor of International Security, University of Warwick
Christopher S. Browning is Associate Professor of International Security at the University of Warwick. He has published widely on his core research interests of identity politics, critical approaches to security and critical geopolitics and has a particular interest in the politics of civilisations, the performance of nationhood and the constitution of security communities in the Nordic region, Europe and the West. His most recent books include: Constructivism, Narrative and Foreign Policy Analysis: A Case Study of Finland (2008) and The Struggle for the West: A Divided and Contested Legacy (2010).

"The book succinctly covers key issues, debates and challenges in international security. It is highly recommended for students of IR and general readers." - Zhiqun Zhu, Bucknell University, Political Studies Review


ISBN : 9780199668533

Christopher S. Browning
152 ページ
111 x 174 mm
Very Short Introductions





International Security: A Very Short Introduction [#369]

International Security: A Very Short Introduction [#369]

International Security: A Very Short Introduction [#369]