Understanding Emerging Security Challenges
Threats and Opportunities
By Ashok Swain
Routledge – 2013 – 184 pages
Series: Contemporary Security Studies
This book offers an overview of emerging security challenges in the global environment in the post-Cold War era.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent shifting of international political environment, a new broader concept of security began to gain acceptance. This concept encompassed socio-economic-environmental challenges, such as resource scarcity and climate change, water-sharing issues, deforestation and forest protection measures, food and health security, and large population migration.
The book examines the causes and consequences of these emerging security threats, and retains a critical focus on evolving approaches to address these issues. The author attempts to develop a framework for sustainable security in a rapidly changing global political landscape, which seeks to bring states and societies together in a way that addresses weaknesses of the evolving international system. Moreover, through a detailed analysis of the emerging security issues and their pathways, the book further argues that the evolving processes not only pose critical challenges but also provide remarkable opportunity for cooperation and collaboration among and within various stakeholders.
This book will be of much interest to students of global security, war and conflict studies, peace studies and IR in general.
1. Introduction: Emerging Security Challenges in a Changing World 2. Resource Scarcity, Climate Change and Environmental Security 3. Water Wars: Conflicts of the Twenty-First Century? 4. Protecting the Forest: Promoting Peace or Conflict? 5. Achieving Food Security: A Growing Challenge 6. Health and Security: Special Focus on HIV/AIDS 7. Migration and Conflict: The Complex Linkage 8. Conclusion: Encountering Emerging Security Challenges
Ashok Swain is Professor of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, Sweden. He also serves as the Director of the Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development. He has written extensively on emerging security challenges, international water sharing and migration issues, and democratic development.