Deadly Transfers and the Global Playground: Transnational Security Threats in a Disorderly World

Deadly Transfers and the Global Playground: Transnational Security Threats in a Disorderly World

Deadly Transfers and the Global Playground: Transnational Security Threats in a Disorderly World

Deadly Transfers and the Global Playground: Transnational Security Threats in a Disorderly World

Synopsis

Mandel's comprehensive study provides an integrated, explanatory analysis of the new global security environment, which he terms "the global playground," and the consequent blossoming of ominous flows or "deadly transfers." It includes the behavior of rogue states, terrorist groups, transnational criminal organizations, and deviant individuals. Mandel begins with a discussion of the general nature of the emerging global situation and the transborder activities that occur within it, then turns to an overarching analysis of the intractable causes, pernicious consequences, and futile cures associated with these ominous transnational flows. Such activities include clandestine conventional arms, illegal human migration, illicit drugs, hazardous materials, lethal diseases, and information disruption. Both national and international organizations are fundamentally weak when it comes to dealing with such transfers.

Excerpt

As has been the case with my previous four books, this volume results from both (1) considerable dissatisfaction with dominant trends in the literature on international conflict and security issues and (2) considerable passion to try to help security policy makers grapple with a complex and confusing set of emerging threats. Academic scholars generally seem to have difficulty quickly finetuning their conceptual lenses to cope with a rapidly changing global setting, and government officials frequently find themselves needing to contain and forestall dangers without the analytical tools they need to place individual incidents in a broader perspective. This problematic predicament provided a persistent prodding for pursuing this project.

During the last half-decade I have published several pieces which helped to shape the thinking that emerges here: The Changing Face of National Security (Greenwood Press, 1994), What Are We Protecting? (Armed Forces & Society, 1996), Perceived Security Threat and the Global Refugee Crisis (Armed Forces & Society, 1997), Exploding Myths About Global Arms Transfers (Journal of Conflict Studies, 1998), and Deadly Transfers, National Hypocrisy, and Global Chaos (Armed Forces & Society, 1999). In the proc-

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