The New Global Insecurity: How Terrorism, Environmental Collapse, Economic Inequalities, and Resource Shortages Are Changing Our World

The New Global Insecurity: How Terrorism, Environmental Collapse, Economic Inequalities, and Resource Shortages Are Changing Our World

The New Global Insecurity: How Terrorism, Environmental Collapse, Economic Inequalities, and Resource Shortages Are Changing Our World

The New Global Insecurity: How Terrorism, Environmental Collapse, Economic Inequalities, and Resource Shortages Are Changing Our World

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The New Global Insecurity explores the profoundly new kind of insecurity arising from globalization that people around the world are experiencing in the twenty-first century. Threats to our security are coming from even the most remote and economically deprived parts of the world, and from new and unexpected sources. In addition to military hardware, food, health, environmental degradation, economic collapse, and other sources that are the focus of traditional “realist” and “human security” schools of thought, we must now give priority to identity, particularly collective identity. Threatened collective identities are integral to our feelings of insecurity in the first decades of the twenty-first century.

Globalized security translates to interconnected insecurity; a security threat in one part, even a seemingly peripheral part, of the world now necessarily threatens other parts. The new globalized security is impacting all of our lives, because we have all become actual or potential targets of security threats from terrorism to global warming to swift and unpredicted economic downturns. This new trend began with the development of biological weapons by the superpowers during the Cold War, when civilians became the potential targets for biological attacks in possible wars between the United States and the Soviet Union. This was a new kind of warfare in which biological agents would be used on a large scale against civilians to immobilize the enemy military. Fortunately for humankind, large scale biological warfare never actually took place. Although the Cold War has now ended, we are not safe because terrorists and other non-state actors have taken up the tactic of attacking civilians. In this new situation, attacks can come from anywhere . . .

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