Alan Collins Contemporary Security Studies

ISBN 13: 9780199548859

Contemporary Security Studies

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9780199548859: Contemporary Security Studies

Bringing together selections from key scholars, Contemporary Security Studies, Second Edition, provides a highly readable, engaging introduction to the fast-evolving field of security studies. Now in its second edition, the text incorporates seven brand-new chapters. In addition, the up-to-date Companion Website contains case studies, web links, multiple choice questions, a flashcard glossary, and PowerPoint-based lecture slides.


* Broad coverage of contemporary security studies

* Assumes no background knowledge, making it accessible to students new to the subject

* Carefully edited contributions from international experts

* Excellent learning features to support students, including readers' guides, key points, questions, guide to further reading, web links, boxes, and glossary


* Seven brand-new chapters (see the Table of Contents)

* Up-to-date Companion Website ( contains case studies, web links,
multiple choice questions, a flashcard glossary, and PowerPoint lecture slides

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About the Author:

Dr. Alan Collins is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Wales, Swansea.


This is an excellent textbook as well as a great scholarly read. Collins has brought together a very distinguished group of scholars to deal with some of the most pressing security challenges of our time from a theoretical and historical perspective. Amitav Acharya, American University, Washington DC This volume links theory to substance. It offers diverse and competing conceptual lenses for thinking about the nature of security and specific challenges. Readers will come away educated, not merely informed. Richard Ned Lebow, Dartmouth College and London School of Economics and Political Science Since the end of the Cold War and following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the security studies field has been in dire need of a core textbook for undergraduates. It now has one. Even as the international security outlook continues to change at an unsettling pace, this bigger and better edition adeptly tracks and tackles those changes in ways that will bring out the most creativity in teachers and students alike. Geoffrey Wiseman, University of Southern California An excellent introduction. The collection is particularly useful in bringing together major recent approaches in security studies and explaining their philosophical background and practical implications. Roland Dannreuther, University of Edinburgh

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