Environmental Anarchy?

Security in the 21st Century


This book explains why insecurity has become such a ubiquitous feature of life in the 21st century and why policymakers, strategic analysts and many scholars are failing to recognise or address its underlying causes.

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What does it mean to be secure in the 21st century?

Mark Beeson argues that some of the most influential ideas about national and even global security reflect untenable, anachronistic strategic views that are simply no longer appropriate for contemporary international circumstances.

At a time when climate change poses an existential threat to the continuation of life itself, Beeson argues that there is an urgent need to rethink security priorities while we still can. Providing an explanation of the failures and dangers of the conventional wisdom, he outlines the case for a new approach that takes issues like environmental and human security seriously.

Mark Beeson is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney. He formerly taught at the University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, the University of Queensland, Griffith University, York University and Birmingham University. His work is centred on the politics, economics and security of the Asia-Pacific region and he has written over 200 journal articles and books. He is the founding editor of Critical Studies of the Asia Pacific (Palgrave).

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