Drug Trafficking and International Security

Author: Paul Rexton Kan
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442247592
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Global drug trafficking intersects with a vast array of international security issues ranging from war and terrorism to migration and state stability. More than just another item on the international security agenda, drug trafficking in fact exacerbates threats to national and international security. In this light, the book argues that global drug trafficking should not be treated as one international security issue among many. Rather, due to the unique nature of the trade, illegal drugs have made key threats to national and international security more complex, durable, and acute. Drug trafficking therefore makes traditional understandings of international security inadequate. Each chapter examines how drug trafficking affects a particular security issue, such as rogue nations, weak and failing states, protracted intrastate conflicts, terrorism, transnational crime, public health, and cyber security. While some texts see drug trafficking as an international threat in itself, others place it under the topic of transnational organized crime, arguing that the threats emanate from criminal groups. This book, on the other hand, provides a thorough understanding of how a vast array of threats to international security are exacerbated by drug trafficking.

Environmental Security

Author: Peter Hough
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134696108
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This student-friendly textbook offers a survey of the competing conceptions and applications of the increasingly prominent notion of environmental security. The book is divided into three sections. In the first, the key theoretical and practical arguments for and against bringing together environmental and security issues are set out. The book then goes on to present how and why environmental issues have come to be framed in some quarters as ‘national security‘ concerns in the context of the effects of overpopulation, resource depletion, climate change and the role of the military as both a cause and a solution to problems of pollution and natural disasters. Finally, the third section explores the case for treating the key issues of environmental change as matters of human security. Overall, the book will provide a clear, systematic and thorough overview of all dimensions of an area of great academic and ‘real-world’ political interest but one that has rarely been set out in an accessible textbook format hitherto. This book will be essential reading for students of environmental studies, critical and human security, global governance, development studies, and IR in general.

Conceptualizing Security for India in the 21st Century

Author: Gautam Sen
Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist
ISBN: 9788126907885
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The Present Volume Is An Anthology Of Papers Presented In The First Nisda Security Conference In 2005 With Interdisciplinary Contributions From A Variety Of Professionals From Government Organization, Academics And Researchers On The Common Theme Of Conceptualizing The Notion Of Security In The 21St Century. It Entails A Multi-Pronged Input From Organizational, Bureaucratic And Academic Perspectives To Look At In A Focused Way The Indo-Centric View Towards The National And International Security Matters. It Is Hoped That The Volume Will Be Useful To The Policymakers As Well As The Students Of International Relations And International Security.

The Political Economy of Robots

Author: Ryan Kiggins
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319514660
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This collection examines implications of technological automation to global prosperity and peace. Focusing on robots, information communication technologies, and other automation technologies, it offers brief interventions that assess how automation may alter extant political, social, and economic institutions, norms, and practices that comprise the global political economy. In doing so, this collection deals directly with such issues as automated production, trade, war, state sanctioned robot violence, financial speculation, transnational crime, and policy decision making. This interdisciplinary volume will appeal to students, scholars and practitioners grappling with political, economic, and social problems that arise from rapid technological change that automates the prospects for human prosperity and peace.

Facing Global Environmental Change

Author: Hans Günter Brauch
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9783540684886
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The year 2007 could perhaps accurately be described as the year when climate change finally received the attention that this challenge deserves globally. Much of the information and knowledge that was created in this field during the year was the result of the findings of the Fourth - sessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which were disseminated on a large scale and reported extensively by the media. This was the result not only of a heightened interest on the part of the public on various aspects of climate change, but also because the IPCC itself proactively attempted to spread the findings of its AR4 to the public at large. The interest generated on the scientific realities of climate change was further enhanced by the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the IPCC and former Vice President of the US, Al Gore. By taking this decision in favour of a leader who has done a great deal to create awareness on c- mate change, and a body that assesses all scientific aspects of climate change and disseminates the result of its findings, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has clearly drawn the link between climate change and peace in the world.

The United Nations in the 21st Century

Author: Karen A. Mingst
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0429973934
Format: PDF
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The United Nations in the 21st Century provides a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the United Nations, exploring the historical, institutional, and theoretical foundations of the UN. This popular text for courses on international organizations and international relations also discusses the political complexities facing the organization today.Thoroughly revised throughout, the fifth edition focuses on major trends since 2012, including changing power dynamics, increasing threats to peace and security, and the growing challenges of climate change and sustainability. It examines the proliferating public-private partnerships involving the UN and the debates over reforming the Security Council and the Secretary-General selection process. This edition also includes new case studies on peacekeeping and the use of force in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali, transnational terrorism and the emergence of ISIS, the Security Council's failure to act in Syria, the Syrian and global refugee/migrant crisis, and the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals and framing of the Sustainable Development Goals.

OUR FRAGILE WORLD Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development Volume II

Author: M. K. Tolba
Publisher: EOLSS Publications
ISBN: 0953494470
Format: PDF
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This publication, Our Fragile World: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development presents perspectives of several important subjects that are covered in greater detail and depth in the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS). The contributions to the two volumes provide an integrated presentation of knowledge and worldviews related to the state of: Earth's natural resources, social resources, institutional resources, and economic and financial resources. They present the vision and thinking of over 200 authors in support of efforts to solve the complex problems connected with sustainable development, and to secure perennial life support on "The Blue Planet'. These contributions are holistic, informative, forward looking, and will be of interest to a broad readership. This volume presents contributions with focus on the Economic and Institutional Dimensions of Sustainable Development in two sections: KNOWLEDGE, TECHNOLOGY, AND MANAGEMENT (Knowledge; Technology and Management ; Economics; Finance and trade). – POLICY AND INSITUTIONAL IMPLICATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (Policy Issues; Institutional implications; Regional Analysis).

Russia and the West

Author: Alekseĭ Georgievich Arbatov
Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
ISBN: 9780765604323
Format: PDF
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This comprehensive exploration of the new international environment examines not only traditional political-military concerns but also economic, ethnic, and other factors in the security environment of Russia and its neighbors to the west, (Vol. 1), south (Vol. 2), and east (Vol. 3). This dynamic approach takes account of both internal and external aspects of security problems and their interplay. International authors participate in considering each problem from all relevant points of view.

Non military Security and Global Order

Author: P. Chalk
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780333773734
Format: PDF
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The book also deals with the potentially problematic question of state responses to grey area phenomena. In particular, it stresses the need for coordinated inter-agency operations, centralized intelligence operations that cross civilian and military jurisdictions and public trust at the national level, combined with fully institutionalized modes of collaboration at the international level."--Jacket.