Security as Practice

Author: Lene Hansen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134339607
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This important text offers a full and detailed account of how to use discourse analysis to study foreign policy. It provides a poststructuralist theory of the relationship between identity and foreign policy and an in-depth discussion of the methodology of discourse analysis. Part I offers a detailed discussion of the concept of identity, the intertextual relationship between official foreign policy discourse and oppositional and media discourses and of the importance of genres for authors' ability to establish themselves as having authority and knowledge. Lene Hansen devotes particular attention to methodology and provides explicit directions for how to build discourse analytical research designs Part II applies discourse analytical theory and methodology in a detailed analysis of the Western debate on the Bosnian war. This analysis includes a historical genealogy of the Western construction of the Balkans as well as readings of the official British and American policies, the debate in the House of Commons and the US Senate, Western media representations, academic debates and travel writing and autobiography. Providing an introduction to discourse analysis and critical perspectives on international relations, this book will be essential reading for students and scholars of international relations, discourse analysis and research methodology.

Handbuch der Internationalen Politik

Author: Carlo Masala
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3531921487
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Das Handbuch der Internationalen Politik vermittelt theoretische und methodische Grundlagen der Forschungsdisziplin Internationale Beziehungen. Die Einzelbeiträge geben einen Überblick über Akteure, Strukturen und Prozesse sowie Handlungsfelder der internationalen Politik und dienen darüber hinaus der Vermittlung von aktuellen Erkenntnissen der Forschung. Der Sammelband richtet sich sowohl an Studierende und Wissenschaftler als auch die interessierte Öffentlichkeit.

International Relations in the Arctic

Author: Leif Christian Jensen
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857728806
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As the ice around the Arctic landmass recedes progressively further each year, the territory has become a flashpoint in world affairs. New and lucrative trade routes from East to West are now becoming accessible for shipping lanes and military deployment, and the Arctic is known to be home to large gas and oil reserves. Yet the territorial boundaries of the region remain ill-defined. In response to these geographical changes the Scandinavian countries, especially Denmark and Norway, have begun staking large proprietary claims in the face of pressure from the major powers – Russia, Canada, the US and China – for the trade routes to be designated as International Waters. Here, Norwegian scholar Leif Christian Jensen shows how Norway has undergone a positional shift after declaring its assertive position on the Arctic in 2005. Its disputes with Russia have created a new foreign policy dilemma, and a new set of ‘red-lines’ in Norwegian policy. Is Norway, as it would like to be seen, an environmentally friendly, peaceful, ‘enlightened’ nation? Or does this geopolitical shift in world affairs necessitate a new and more aggressive Scandinavia? International Relations in the Arctic makes a timely contribution to the ‘turn to the North’ in International Relations and Political Science.

Das Klonen und der Terror

Author: W. J. T. Mitchell
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3518763601
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Die Propagandaformel vom »Krieg gegen den Terror« ist seit geraumer Zeit nicht mehr in aller Munde, wirkt jedoch untergründig fort. Aber haben wir überhaupt jemals richtig begriffen, was damit gemeint ist, und vor allem, wie subtil und mit welchen Mitteln dieser Krieg geführt wurde und wird? In seinem neuen Buch erkundet der renommierte Bildtheoretiker W. J. T. Mitchell die Sprach- und Bildpolitiken im Jahrzehnt nach 9/11 und stößt auf eine so heikle wie mächtige Konstellation aus Metaphern und Bildern, die ihre eigene furchteinflößende Realität erschafft und enorme gesellschaftliche und politische Auswirkungen hat. Letztere werden noch verstärkt durch einen anderen Begriff, der praktisch zeitgleich die Bühne des öffentlichen Diskurses betrat: das Klonen. Das Klonen und der Terror, so eine zentrale These Mitchells, weisen beunruhigende strukturelle Ähnlichkeiten auf und verschmelzen zu einem Dispositiv aus Realem und Imaginärem, Fakten und Metaphern, Überzeugungen und religiösem Glauben – zu einer gefährlichen Allianz aus Biotechnologie, Biopolitik und realer Politik, die sich in Bildern reproduziert und ins kollektive Gedächtnis eingräbt. Mitchells Buch ist ein Meisterwerk politischer Ästhetik und zugleich eine düstere Bilanz der Bush-Ära: »Der Kapuzenmann von Abu Ghraib, des Terrors verdächtig, Opfer der Folter, ein anonymer Klon, gesichtsloser Menschensohn, wird auf absehbare Zeit die Ikone unserer Zeit bleiben.«

Routledge Handbook of Security Studies

Author: Myriam Dunn Cavelty
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317620925
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This revised and updated second edition features over twenty new chapters and offers a wide-ranging collection of cutting-edge essays from leading scholars in the field of Security Studies. The field of Security Studies has undergone significant change during the past 20 years, and is now one of the most dynamic sub-disciplines within International Relations. This second edition has been significantly updated to address contemporary and emerging security threats with chapters on organised crime, migration and security, cyber-security, energy security, the Syrian conflict and resilience, amongst many others. Comprising articles by both established and up-and-coming scholars, The Routledge Handbook of Security Studies provides a comprehensive overview of the key contemporary topics of research and debate in the field of Security Studies. The volume is divided into four main parts: • Part I: Theoretical Approaches to Security • Part II: Security Challenges • Part III: Regional (In)Security • Part IV: Security Governance This new edition of the Handbook is a benchmark publication with major importance for both current research and the future of the field. It will be essential reading for all scholars and students of Security Studies, War and Conflict Studies, and International Relations.

The Geopolitics of Red Oil

Author: Andrew Stephen Campion
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131735429X
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Energy security has emerged as one of the most important contemporary geopolitical issues. Access to reliable, cheap energy has become essential to the functioning of modern economies but the uneven distribution of energy supplies has led to perceptions of significant Western vulnerability. At the same time, many in the West have become wary of China’s re-emergence as a major power in global politics, with its impact on Western foreign policies and potential threat to Western energy security. This book offers fresh insights into the rise of China as a global superpower and the ways in which its rise is perceived to threaten Western energy security, engaging specifically with how the idea of the China threat has emerged in popular discourse. The author questions how recent US foreign policy has sought to position China as an antagonist to Western energy interests and explores how this image has become the dominant understanding of China by the West. Rather than treating these issues as given, which orthodox approaches tend to do, this book analyses the discursive relationship between US identity, foreign policy and energy security, which leads to a more nuanced and critical understanding of perceptions of China’s potential threat to Western energy security. Filling an important gap in the emerging corpus of research on energy security, this book will be particularly valuable to students and scholars of Politics, International Relations and Chinese Studies.

Die russisch nationale Rechte von 1968 bis zum Ende der Sowjetunion

Author: Hildegard Kochanek
Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag
ISBN: 9783515074117
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Die Anfange der neueren russisch-nationalen Ideologieentwicklung reichen bis weit in die Breznev-Zeit zurueck. In der vorliegenden Untersuchung werden zum einen Grundtendenzen und zentrale Inhalte der russisch-nationalen Diskursentwicklung seit Ende der sechziger Jahre herausgearbeitet. Zum anderen werden in einer ideengeschichtlichen Analyse die konzeptionellen Grundlagen der neueren Ideologieentwicklung aufgedeckt und damit geistesgeschichtliche Zugange in eine dem westlichen Beobachter oft fremdartig scheinende Vorstellungswelt eroffnet. "Sowohl Kochaneks Darstellung, Ubersetzung und Kritik der Ideen verschiedener russischer Nationalisten als auch ihre teilweise Korrektur der Interpretationen einiger fuehrender westlicher Spezialisten, wie John Dunlop und Milan Hauner, sind als ausgesprochen gelungen zu bezeichnen. Ihre Studie stellt den bisher wohl bedeutendsten deutschsprachigen Beitrag zur Erforschung des zeitgenossischen russischen Nationalismus dar und duerfte in der Fachwelt wohlwollende Aufnahme finden." osteuropa "Hildegard Kochanek's study of both official and unofficial Russian nationalism betwenn 1968 and 1991 is a milestonea" Seer.

Sex and World Peace

Author: Valerie M. Hudson
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231520093
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Sex and World Peace unsettles a variety of assumptions in political and security discourse, demonstrating that the security of women is a vital factor in the security of the state and its incidence of conflict and war. The authors compare micro-level gender violence and macro-level state peacefulness in global settings, supporting their findings with detailed analyses and color maps. Harnessing an immense amount of data, they call attention to discrepancies between national laws protecting women and the enforcement of those laws, and they note the adverse effects on state security of abnormal sex ratios favoring males, the practice of polygamy, and inequitable realities in family law, among other gendered aggressions. The authors find that the treatment of women informs human interaction at all levels of society. Their research challenges conventional definitions of security and democracy and shows that the treatment of gender, played out on the world stage, informs the true clash of civilizations. In terms of resolving these injustices, the authors examine top-down and bottom-up approaches to healing wounds of violence against women, as well as ways to rectify inequalities in family law and the lack of parity in decision-making councils. Emphasizing the importance of an R2PW, or state responsibility to protect women, they mount a solid campaign against women's systemic insecurity, which effectively unravels the security of all.