International Security

Title:                      International Security

Author:                 Roland Dannreuther

Dannreuther, Roland (2013). International Security: The Contemporary Agenda, 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Polity

LCCN:    2013387881

JZ5588 .D356 2013


  • International Security is a cutting-edge analysis of the key security challenges and developments in the post-Cold War world. Drawing on a wide range of contemporary examples, from the Iraq war to the rise of China, it is an essential guide for students and policy makers seeking to understand the theoretical and empirical debates over the fast-changing nature of international security today. The book is organized into four main parts. Part 1 provides an analytical framework for the book, identifying the most significant post-Cold War shifts.


  • Thinking about security after the Cold War — Theorizing about security after the Cold War — Understanding contemporary war and insecurity — Dilemmas and challenges of intervention — Collective security, alliances and security cooperation — Environmental security — The struggle for resources : oil and water — People on the move : migration as a security issue — International terrorism and the impact of 9/11 — Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction — Cyber-warfare and new spaces of security / (by Jamie Allinson).


Date Posted:      March 24, 2016

Reviewed by Joshua Sinai, Ph. D.[1]

This important textbook presents an analytical framework to examine the rapidly changing nature of the international security environment. The volume’s chapters discuss issues such as how to “theorize” about post-Cold War shifts in international security; the root causes of contemporary conflicts, including the dilemmas and debates over military intervention in foreign conflicts and the roles of the United Nations, NATO and other international organizations in promoting international peace and security; the challenges of environmental security, including the threat of resource-based conflict, such as over oil and water requirements; and security challenges presented by unregulated international refugee migration, international terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and cyber warfare. Also discussed are countermeasures in response to such international security threats, including the implications of the rise of China and other emerging powers. The author is head of the department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminister.

[1] Sinai, Joshua in The Intelligencer: Journal of U. S. Intelligence Studies (20, 2, Fall/Winter, 2013, p. 120). These reviews present books which examine national security issues that need to be considered in terrorism and counterterrorism analysis. Joshua Sinai is a Washington, DC-based consultant on counterterrorism studies. He can be reached at: Joshua.sinai@

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