International Security: A Very Short Introduction
Christopher S. Browning
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Questions for Thought and Discussion
- What’s at stake in debates about the meaning of security?
- Does the gaining of security for one group necessarily come at the expense of others’ insecurity?
- What do members of your group think are the major international security issues today? Why?
- What does the nuclear non-proliferation regime tell us about the prospects for avoiding war?
- Assess the importance of the United Nations to international peace and security?
- Should the international community intervene to prevent gross violations of human rights and crimes against humanity? Why is agreeing on such actions so difficult?
- How important are culture and identity to understanding the causes and vectors of contemporary conflicts?
- What impact has the Revolution in Military Affairs had on international security?
- Does your group think the use of drones in strike operations enhances or undermines international security? Can their use be justified?
- Should we be concerned that matters of national and international security are increasingly being outsourced to private companies?
- Should development and human security be prioritised over more traditional concerns on national and international security agendas?
- What are the major causes of underdevelopment and human insecurity and why has it proved so difficult to overcome them?
- Are proclamations about future ‘resource wars’ overstated? What can be done to avoid them?
- What (if anything) does the international community’s response to climate change tell us about contemporary understandings of security?
- How does your group feel about the use of increasingly strident border practices in response to international migration? Are there any alternatives available?
- If efforts in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) succeed in picking up a message transmitted by an alien civilization, what do you think are the chances that we would understand such a message? If we understood a message, what might be its cultural impact on humankind? Would receiving such a transmission have the same importance for humankind even if we don’t understand the message?
- Is the use of ‘terrorist’ violence ever justified?
- Has the ‘war on terror’ enhanced or undermined international security?
- Browning, Christopher S. and Marko Lehti (eds.) The Struggle for the West: A Divided and Contested Legacy (Routledge: 2010)
- Browning, Christopher S. Constructivism, Narrative and Foreign Policy Analysis: A Case Study of Finland (Peter Lang: 2008)
- Browning, Christopher S. (ed.) Remaking Europe in the Margins: Northern Europe after the Enlargements (Ashgate: 2005)
- Browning, Christopher S. (forthcoming) 'Nation Branding, National Self-Esteem and the Constitution of Subjectivity in Late Modernity', Foreign Policy Analysis
- Browning, Christopher S. and Pertti Joenniemi (forthcoming) 'From Fratricide to Security Community: Re- theorising Difference in the Constitution of Nordic Peace', Journal of International Relations and Development
- Browning, Christopher S. and Matt McDonald (2013) 'The Future of Critical Security Studies: Ethics and the Politics of Security', #European Journal of International Relations 19(2), pp.235-55