Environmental Security

Environmental Security

Environmental Security

Environmental Security

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For security, the genealogist would insist, is not a fact of nature but a fact of
civilization. It is not a noun that names something, it is a principle of forma
tion that does things. It is neither an ontological predicate of being, nor an
objective need, but the progenitor instead of a proliferating array of dis
courses of danger within whose brutal and brutalizing networks of power
knowledge modern human being is increasingly ensnared and, ironically, radi
cally endangered
.

MICHAEL DILLON, POLITICS OF SECURITY

ENVIRONMENT AND THE NEW SECURITY AGENDA

Since the end of the cold war, environmental concerns have been an important part of the discussions of global security in North America and Europe. Whether under the rubric of environmental security, as part of a broad human security agenda, or one among a number of new global dangers, environmental themes are now part of the calculus of international politics and part of the scholarly debates in international relations. The potential for warfare over access to scarce resources and intact environments looms over these discussions and has triggered a considerable amount of scholarly research, not a few books, and much public discussion. In light of concerns about ozone holes, climate change, biodiversity, and related matters, the traditional geopolitical themes of great power rivalries, access to resource supplies, and governance at the largest scale are now extended to . . .

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