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The Quest for Security: Alliances and Arms  

Brett Ashley Leeds and T. Clifton Morgan

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Mar 2010
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Jan 2018
Security issues have long been linked to the study of international relations. The crucial issue which scholars and decision makers have sought to understand is how states can avoid being ... More

Rationalism and Security  

R. Harrison Wagner

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Mar 2010
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Dec 2017
In 1969, the game theorist John Harsanyi wrote an article criticizing the two main postulates of the general theory of social behavior prevalent at the time: the functionalist approach to ... More

Realism and Security  

Stephen M. Walt

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Mar 2010
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Dec 2017
Political Realism has been described as the “oldest theory” of international politics, as well as the “dominant” one. Central to the realist tradition is the concept of “security.” Realism ... More

Risk and Security in International Relations  

Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen

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Mar 2010
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Dec 2017
Considerations of risk are pervasive in the contemporary security environment. A risk is a scenario followed by a policy proposal for how to prevent the scenario from becoming real. When ... More

Russian Security and Nuclear Policies: Successor to the Superpower Arsenal?  

Mariya Y. Omelicheva

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Jun 2011
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Dec 2017
The Cold War was a period of hostilities between the United States and the Soviet Union as the two superpowers engaged in a nuclear arms race. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, some ... More

Security Council Resolution 1325  

Charlotte Graves Patton

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Nov 2012
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Dec 2017
Resolution 1325, adopted by the United Nations Security Council (SC) on October 31, 2000, reaffirms the important role of women in conflict resolution as well as in the maintenance and ... More

Security Practices  

Thierry Balzacq, Tugba Basaran, Didier Bigo, Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet, and Christian Olsson

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Mar 2010
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Jan 2018
Practices refer to collective and historic acts that shaped the evolution of the fundamental distinction used to define the field of security—that of internal vs. external security. In ... More

Security Regimes: Collective Security and Security Communities  

Bruce Cronin

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Mar 2010
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Dec 2017
The twentieth century was marked by the proliferation of security regimes, and collective security in particular. Under a collective security arrangement, all states at either a regional or ... More

Security Studies and Security Policy: An American Perspective  

Harvey M. Sapolsky

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Mar 2010
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Dec 2017
Security studies in the United States is marred by a lack of status. Opportunities within American universities are limited by the fact that the work deals with war and the use of force. ... More

Teaching Intelligence in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada  

William C. Spracher

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Mar 2010
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Dec 2017
Intelligence studies, as taught by specialized departments or institutes and leading to degrees with the word “intelligence” in their titles, is a relatively new phenomenon. Intelligence is ... More

Terrorism and Counterterrorism  

Frank Foley and Max Abrahms

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Mar 2010
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Jan 2018
Since 9/11, terrorism has been widely perceived as the foremost threat to the United States, its allies, and the broader international community. Political scientists have historically paid ... More

United Nations Peacekeeping and Civil Conflict  

Timothy J. A. Passmore

UN peacekeeping serves as the foremost international tool for conflict intervention and peace management. Since the Cold War, these efforts have almost exclusively targeted conflicts ... More

United States Intelligence Cultures  

Hamilton Bean

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Mar 2010
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Jan 2018
Organizational culture refers to the constellation of values, beliefs, identities, and artifacts that both shape and emerge from the interactions among the formal members of the US ... More

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