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Security Studies for the 21st Century Hardcover – June, 1997

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Brassey's; 1st edition (June 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574880667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574880663
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,393,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roy Godson is President of the National Strategy Information Center in Washington, DC, and Emeritus Professor of Government at Georgetown University.

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This book is actually a guide for professors, with chapters presenting specific courses in security studies complete with fifteen-week outlines and all recommended readings. It is in my view a very fine structured reading program for the adult policy maker who is well beyond the need for going back to school, but much in need a fast means of coming to grips with the dramatic changes that have occurred in our international security environment. Early on it addresses the competing approaches to security studies-from the traditionalist national, international, and regional security approaches to the emerging transstate (non-state actors acknowledged as major sources of conflict and instability) to the global (to include human rights, environmental protection, economic prosperity, and social development as fundamental security issues). It's iteration of the weaknesses of 20th century security studies reads like a list of current biases inherent in those prescribing defense reform today: overemphasis on theory (or worst-case scenarios); insufficient attention to non-combat missions for military forces in peacetime; excessive focus on the US, Europe, and Russia to the exclusion of the rest of the world; too little attention to culture and the relationship of culture to conflict deterrence and resolution; insufficient attention to history prior to World War II; and finally, a neglect of non-military instruments of power and their interaction with the military. Intelligence in particular is singled out as being a relatively recent open topic for discussion, meriting more study. The chapters on Transstate Security by Roy Godson (on non-state actors and the growing prevalence of "global ungovernability") and on Nontraditional Uses of Military Force by George H.Read more ›
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "wrcbell" on April 17, 2000
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the fact that this book was published in 1997 from work done earlier does not excuse its failure to address material dealing with the panoply of imperatives for security either then or now. while the economy and the environment are mentioned as items to be addressed in the new security syllabus no attention is given to cyberterrorism, asymmetrical warfare, catastrophic terrorism, or even biological warfare. the works cited tend to be parochial and, generally, naive. the book does reveal the thinking of some of the people who occasionally advise our government on such matters as security. zut, alors! some of the chapters include syllabi that provide insight into what is, perhaps, being purveyed as secuity studies across the country and, heaven forefend, around the world. the book provides no web addresses.
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