This clear and concise text offers a comprehensive comparison of national, international, and human security concepts and policies. Laura Neack argues that security remains elusive because of a centuries-old ethic that insists that states are the primary and most important international actors, can rely ultimately only on themselves for protection, and must keep all options on the table for national security. The author compellingly demonstrates how a state-first security ethic ultimately fails to secure states, the international community and-most important-human beings. In this state-first world, we only can choose between degrees of insecurity; true security remains elusive.
Laura Neack is professor of political science at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Chapter 1: Elusive Security Chapter 2: National Security Chapter 3: Terrorism Chapter 4: Identifying External Security Threats Chapter 5: Defending against External Security Threats Chapter 6: Going on the Offensive Chapter 7: International Security Chapter 8: The United Nations and International Security Chapter 9: Keeping the Peace Chapter 10: Human Security Conclusion: Reimagining Our Choices