This thoroughly updated edition of Global Security in the Twenty-First Century offers a balanced introduction to contemporary security dilemmas throughout the world. Sean Kay assesses the impact of the global economic crisis on international security and considers how the range of thinking about power and peace has evolved in relation to major flashpoints including in the Middle East, Asia, and Eurasia. Kay builds on the first and second edition's emphasis on the roles of trade and technology, the militarization of space, the privatization of security, the use of sanctions, ethnic conflict, and transnational crime. This edition goes even farther to incorporate traditional thinking about national security in the context of human rights, democracy, population, health, environment, energy, and especially education. The author includes full updates on emerging challenges out of Iraq, Russia, and viral diseases in the context of larger strategic questions like the rise of China and America's "pivot" to rebalance its priorities toward Asia. Writing in an engaging style, Kay integrates traditional and emerging challenges in one easily accessible study that gives readers the tools they need to develop a thoughtful and nuanced understanding of global security.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 426
Weight: 689 g
Dimensions: 234 x 160 x 29 mm
Edition: Third Edition
The book is so well organized and written that it provides students with a solid foundation upon which to build their understanding of the evolving geopolitics of security. -- Bruce P. Barnes, University of Oklahoma
In this fully updated edition of Global Security, Kay responds to national and transnational challenges confronting Americans after lackluster economic growth, enormous increases in the national debt, and emergence of new militarized threats, doubling down on the well-founded optimism of his earlier work. Here, students learn that great power struggle over the future of Europe and the developed world's response to continuing poverty and public health catastrophes in the Global South are of a piece. In this democratic age, Kay teaches how ordinary individuals prepare important contributions to improve global security through determined pursuit of a liberal education, one that is imbued with scientific reasoning, empathy for the human condition, and a passion for testing theories as much as delivering the ideological goods. -- Damon Coletta, U.S. Air Force Academy