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International Security is one of the main sub-fields of International Relations. This four-volume collection will bring together seminal journal articles and some book chapters to map the main themes and turning points in the development of International Security Studies.

Volume 1: Military-Political Security during the Cold War covers the traditional military-political security agenda from 1945 to the ending of the cold war.

Volume 2: Military-Political Security since the Cold War reflects the perceived crisis of relevance in the whole strategic studies agenda and examines the responses to a radically different international political context.

Volume 3: Widening the Agenda of International Security traces the broadening of traditional security concerns and shows how economic, environmental and societal security came onto the agenda of international security.

Volume 4: Challenging State Security is ...

Editors' Introduction
BarryBuzan and LeneHansen

One of the concepts in International Relations (IR) is security. Since the primary unit of IR is the state, the field of International Security Studies (ISS) was formed around the security of states, somewhat misleadingly labeled ‘national security’. That states strive to be secure, and that security involves not only territorial integrity, but the protection of a particular set of political and cultural values, is thus one of the axioms of international politics. Yet, if there is agreement that states seek security, there is no consensus on what this implies for war and conflict. The Realist school argues that states are by nature driven by their self-interest and a prudent suspicion towards others: that they seek their own security first and ...

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