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Grave New World: Security Challenges in the 21st Century

by Michael E. Brown, Editor Georgetown Univ Press
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The optimism that arrived at the end of the cold war and marked the turn of the Millennium was shattered by September 11. In the aftermath of that event it is not unwarranted pessimism that lines the pages of Grave New World, it is unavoidable reality. Terrorism is but one aspect of many other wider concerns for national and international security, and the contributors to this volume not only warn us, but reward us as well with the clarity of their views into and possible solutions for a difficult, complicated future. They speak convincingly of the numerous military and non-military challenges that create security problems whether those are interstate, intrastate, or transnational many of which are being dangerously overlooked in public policy debates.

The challenges and complexities might seem insurmountable but the first step in solving problems is recognizing that they exist. Grave New World provides an eye-opening assessment of the prospects for peace and security in the 21st century.

Michael E. Brown frames these issues in his Introduction, ''Security Challenges in the 21st Century;'' and in his summation, ''Security Problems and Security Policy in a Grave New World.''

Introduction: Security Challenges in the 21st Century Michael E. Brown Part I: Weapons, Technology, and Security 1. Technology and Security Timothy D. Hoyt 2. The Perils of Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons Bernard I. Finel, Brian D. Finlay, and Janne E. Nolan 3. The Proliferation of Conventional Weapons and Technologies Jo L. Husbands 4. Information Technology and Security Dorothy E. Denning 5. Emerging Technologies and Security Loren B. Thompson Part II: Non-Military Aspects of Security 6. Defense Economics and Security Theodore H. Moran 7. Energy and Security Martha Harris 8. Environmental Factors and Security J.R. McNeill 9. Demographic Developments and Security Charles B. Keely 10. Security and Conflict in the Developing World Timothy D. Hoyt Part III: Transnational Actors and Security11. Transnational Mass Media Organizations and Security Diana Owen 12. Transnational Crime, Corruption, and Security Roy Godson 13. Transnational Terrorism and Security Audrey Kurth Cronin Conclusion 14. Security Problems and Security Policy in a Grave New World Michael E. Brown

'Brown and his knowledgeable contributors present a comprehensive, multifaceted, up-to-date tour of today's international security challenges, ranging from weapons of mass destruction to transnational crime -- and everything in between.' -- Jack Snyder, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations, Columbia University ' Grave New World is a useful -- and welcome -- reminder of the many security challenges confronting all of us aside from terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. And it underscores the need for nations to work together to meet the challenges we all face.' -- Ivo Daalder, Brookings Institution 'It has become all too common for Americans to think the U.S. now faces a single security challenge -- terrorism. This fascinating and comprehensive overview of the wide range of security issues confronting the world makes clear that the picture is actually far more complex. The chapters on demographics, media and terrorism alone are worth the price of admission.' -- Michael J. Mazarr, professor of national security strategy, U.S. National War College 'Michael Brown has pulled together a volume that thoughtfully and comprehensively surveys the security challenges of the 21st century. Those seeking an overview of the new security agenda would do well to start with this book.' -- Steven Miller, director, International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Michael E. Brown is Director of the Security Studies Program and the Center for Peace and Security Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and co-editor of the journal International Security.