This concise text presents a focused, well-rounded, and clear-eyed introduction to the concept of human security. Questioning the utility of traditional national-security frameworks in the post-Cold War era, Paul Battersby and Joseph M. Siracusa argue that we must urgently reconsider the principle of state sovereignty in a global world where threats to humanity are beyond the capacity of any one nation to address through unilateral action. A welcome alternative to state-centric approaches to security, this balanced book will be a valuable supplement for courses in international and national security.
Paul Battersby is associate professor of international relations, School of Global Studies, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University. Joseph M. Siracusa is professor of human security and international diplomacy and director of the School of Global Studies, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University.
Introduction Chapter 1: Globalizing National Security: Envisioning Security beyond the Nation State Chapter 2: The Alchemy of Peace: Elementary Studies on Humans and Security Chapter 3: "Black Hawk Down": Mogadishu 1993 and the Costs of Intervention Chapter 4: Global Webs of Risk: Complex Security in a Globally Networked World Chapter 5: Human Rights and Human Security: Pragmatic Perspectives on Human Rights Chapter 6: Averting Nuclear Armageddon: Reality Checks and Nuclear Balances Chapter 7: Roadmaps and Roadblocks: Securing Humanity in the Twenty-first Century