Security Strategy and Military Change in the 21st Century

Security  Strategy and Military Change in the 21st Century

This edited volume explores and analyses strategic thinking, military reform and adaptation in an era of Asian growth, European austerity and US rebalancing.

Author: Jo Inge Bekkevold

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317565345

Category: History

Page: 298

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This edited volume explores and analyses strategic thinking, military reform and adaptation in an era of Asian growth, European austerity and US rebalancing. A significant shift in policy, strategy and military affairs is underway in both Asia and Europe, with the former gaining increasing prominence in the domain of global security. At the same time, the world’s powers are now faced with an array of diverse challenges. The resurgence of great power politics in both Europe and Asia, along with the long term threats of terrorism, piracy and sustained geopolitical instability has placed great strain on militaries and security institutions operating with constrained budgets and wary public support. The volume covers a wide range of case studies, including the transformation of China’s military in the 21st century, the internal and external challenges facing India, Russia’s military modernization program and the USA’s reassessment of its strategic interests. In doing so, the book provides the reader with the opportunity to conceptualize how strategic thinking, military reform, operational adaptation and technological integration have interacted with the challenges outlined above. With contributions by leading scholars and practitioners from Europe and Asia, this book provides a valuable contribution to the understanding of strategic and operational thinking and adjustment across the world. This book will be of much interest to students of military and strategic studies, security studies, defence studies, Asian politics, Russian politics, US foreign policy and IR in general.
Categories: History

Military Security Equipment

Military   Security Equipment

Author: SAS Group of Companies

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:18410572

Category: Military supplies

Page: 44

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Categories: Military supplies

Governing Insecurity

Governing Insecurity

The authors of this volume explore the challenges of establishing democratic accountability and control over the military and other security establishments in countries which have either been the victims of authoritarian military rule or ...

Author: Gavin Cawthra

Publisher: Zed Books

ISBN: 1842771493

Category: Political Science

Page: 340

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The authors of this volume explore the challenges of establishing democratic accountability and control over the military and other security establishments in countries which have either been the victims of authoritarian military rule or wracked by violent internal conflict. The book examines both successful democratic transitions and failed ones. A wide range of cases is covered, including Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, the Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierre Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Turkey. The possible role of regional interventions and institutions, notably in West Africa and the Balkans, is also examined.
Categories: Political Science

Gender and Private Security in Global Politics

Gender and Private Security in Global Politics

Gender and Private Security in Global Politics brings together key scholars in the emerging research area of "critical gender studies in private security.

Author: Maya Eichler

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199364374

Category: Political Science

Page: 286

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"For two hundred years the provision of military security has been a central and defining function of the modern nation-state. The increasing reliance on private military and security companies in contemporary conflict marks a fundamental transformation in the organization of military violence, and it raises issues of accountability and ethics that are of particular concern to feminists. This privatization of force not only enables states to circumvent citizens' democratic control over questions of war and peace, but also undermines the claims for greater inclusion in the military sphere made by women and minority groups over the past decades. Gender and Private Security in Global Politics brings together key scholars in the emerging research area of "critical gender studies in private security." These scholars contend that the privatization of military security is a deeply gendered process, with gendered underpinnings and effects. Consequently, they employ a variety of feminist perspectives, including critical, postcolonial, poststructuralist, and queer feminist perspectives, as well as a wide range of methodological approaches such as ethnography, participant-observation, genealogy, and discourse analysis, in order to consider answers to questions about how to reform and regulate private forces"--
Categories: Political Science

Public International Law and Human Rights Violations by Private Military and Security Companies

Public International Law and Human Rights Violations by Private Military and Security Companies

This book explores the human rights consequences of the new mercenarism, as channeled through so-called private military and security companies (PMSCs), and offers an overview of the evolution and status quo of both non-legal (soft law and ...

Author: Helena Torroja

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319660981

Category: Law

Page: 158

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This book explores the human rights consequences of the new mercenarism, as channeled through so-called private military and security companies (PMSCs), and offers an overview of the evolution and status quo of both non-legal (soft law and self-regulation) and legal initiatives seeking to limit them. It addresses various topics, including the impact of the presence of non-state actors on human security using the cases of Afghanistan and Syria; research on PMSCs’ impact on human rights in specific cases; the insufficiency and ineffectiveness of existing direct and indirect legal prohibitions on the use of mercenaries; various aspects of international human rights law and international humanitarian law related to the conduct of PMSCs; soft-law and self-regulation mechanisms; and the international minimum standard in general international law regarding the privatization, export, import, and contracting of PMSCs.
Categories: Law

Chemical Agent Security Program

Chemical Agent Security Program

Author: United States. Department of the Army

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951D01081905K

Category: Chemical agents (Munitions)

Page:

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Categories: Chemical agents (Munitions)

The Invisible Soldiers

The Invisible Soldiers

Reveals unsettling practices in the privatization of American national security services to trace the establishment of and questionable dependency on private military and security companies.

Author: Ann Hagedorn

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416598817

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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Reveals unsettling practices in the privatization of American national security services to trace the establishment of and questionable dependency on private military and security companies. By the author of Savage Peace. 40,000 first printing.
Categories: Business & Economics

Private Militaries and the Security Industry in Civil Wars

Private Militaries and the Security Industry in Civil Wars

This book identifies two market forces that impact PMSCs' military effectiveness: local or conflict-level competition and global or industry-level competition.

Author: Seden Akcinaroglu

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780197520819

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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Since the 1990s, private military and security companies (PMSCs) have intervened in civil wars around the globe. International, legally registered corporate actors have assisted governments with a myriad of tasks including combat support, logistics, army and police training, intelligence analysis, and guard services. However, reports that such contractors have been responsible for human rights abuses have spurred the need to evaluate the industry's impact on conflicts. Are these contractors effective in curbing violence or does emphasis on profit and lack of accountability get in the way? And how can governments improve PMSCs' commitment to contractual obligations, including adherence to international humanitarian laws? This book identifies two market forces that impact PMSCs' military effectiveness: local or conflict-level competition and global or industry-level competition. Specifically, Seden Akcinaroglu and Elizabeth Radziszewski challenge the assumption that interventions by profit-driven coporations are likely to destabilize areas engaged in war, and provide data that private contractors do contribute to conflict termination under certain circumstances. They argue that competitive market pressure creates a strong monitoring system and that the company's corporate structure and external competitive environment in a given conflict help to explain the variance in accountability to clients. Including an analysis of data on international PMSCs' interventions in civil wars from 1990-2008, Akcinaroglu and Radziszewski show the impact of competition on companies' contribution to the termination of different types of civil wars.
Categories: Political Science