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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

International Security

Politics, Policy, Prospects

ISBN 9780230365582
Publication Date March 2010
Formats Ebook Paperback Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave

An exceptionally wide-ranging introduction to International Security in the 21st Century. This takes a distinctively systematic approach centred on how and why particular issues get onto the international security agenda and particular choices and outcomes ensue, assessing the explanatory power of contending approaches in this context.

MICHAEL E. SMITH is Professor of International Relations, University of Aberdeen and was previously Associate Professor of Political Science, Georgia State University, USA.

International Relations and International Security
Continuity and Change in International Security Studies
The Politics of International Security
Interstate War
Intrastate War
Weapons Proliferation
International Terrorism
International Crime
International Economic Security
International Environmental and Resource Security
International Public Health
International Population Trends


"Michael E. Smith's new textbook promises to reinvigorate the teaching of international security. Emphasizing the fundamental role of politics and avoiding the twin perils of excessively abstract grand theorizing and ungeneralizable explanations of unique events, it offers an original and insightful framework that facilitates analysis and comparison across the full range of traditional and non-traditional international security issues." - John S. Duffield, Georgia State University
"A highly readable new introduction to the study of international security which provides students with a clear and comprehensive account of the main dynamics behind the key fault lines of the twenty-first century. Its great merits are that theory is deployed to illustrate empirical reality rather than as an end in itself, its skilful navigation between explanatory narrative and normative prescription, and that it sets international security firmly within the context of complex political processes being played out around the globe." - Jolyon Howorth, Yale Universityand University of Bath
'This welcome new text strikes just the right balance. It is innovative, fresh, and breaks new ground, but is comprehensive, careful, and covers the basics. It gives due regard to different schools of thought, but is admirably synthetic. And it is sophisticated and thoughtful, but eminently readable and accessible.' - Charles A. Kupchan, Georgetown University and Council on Foreign Relations
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