Critical Security Studies: Concepts And Strategies by Keith Krause, Michael C. Williams

By Keith Krause, Michael C. Williams

This article takes factor with arguments that defense experiences is a self-discipline of restricted use in making feel of the post-Cold struggle global. It argues that a few of the finest theoretical matters in diplomacy can so much usefully be studied via a prism labelled "security studies". The ebook combines chapters which supply various severe views at the self-discipline and handle a various variety of theoretical matters, with chapters that learn such noticeable matters as guns proliferation and the altering which means of "security" for actors within the erstwhile clash among East and West.

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73 If this context is no longer applicable, the case that the national security state is not an appropriate mode for social organization in the future is in many ways compelling. If security is premised on violence, as security-dilemma and national-security literatures suggest (albeit often reluctantly), perhaps the necessity of rethinking global politics requires abandoning the term and the conceptual strictures that go with it. Likewise, perhaps the discourse of international security studies, if not all international relations, and for that matter, more specifically geopolitical modes of reasoning, are also not practically functional as the discursive frameworks for any political arrangement that can hope to deal with some of the more pressing global difficulties.

But the reimposition of political order by the military reinforces the disruption of these people’s lives, perpetuating violence and encouraging migration to the cities of Latin and North America. The politics of modernization often involve these conflicts; the political order protected by nationalsecurity policies in many underdeveloped states is related to the destruction of ecosystems, most obviously of tropical rain forests. 57 On this point it is also worth remembering that the premise of the notion of sustainable development is precisely that conventional notions of development are not sustainable.

Finally, possibly the most important reason for unbundling the theoretical dimensions of security is related to the epistemological and political matters implicit in the positivist assumptions of neorealism. The assumption that most, if not all, things are both knowable and hence predictable through the application of social scientific methods and reasoning is intimately related to the formulation of security as the management and control of risks and threats. But just about any social or natural phenomenon can CONTESTING AN ESSENTIAL CONCEPT · 25 potentially be hazardous; protecting against every eventuality is clearly impossible.

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