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Environment and Security: Discourses and Practices

Edited By: Miriam R Lowi and Brian R Shaw


Hardback | May 2000 | #108824 | ISBN: 0333731670
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The text is based on a conference addressing the relationship between the environment and security in the post Cold War world. It brings together scholars and practitioners from a variety of different disciplines and perspectives in an effort to both explore the complexities of the relationship between environmental variables and security conditions, and re-focus the debate within the environmental community. The book combines analytical frameworks and case study material with proposals for addressing environmental challenges and enhancing the security and welfare of peoples, states and regions.

'Conflicts over shared natural resources, particularly water resources, can lead to armed conflict. Pursuing military security at the cost of social, economic and environmental well-being is akin to dismantling a house to salvage materials in order to erect a fence around. It is therefore very timely to have a book on Environment and Security. I am sure it will be of great benefit to all those interested in the subject of security.' - Mostafa Kamal Tolba, Former Executive Director UNEP (UN Environmental Program) 'This well-conceived volume combines a sophisticated understanding of international security with expertise on a wide range of environmental issues. The result is a series of studies that illuminate the nexus of environment and security without ever making exaggerated claims suggesting simple causality. These qualities make the book of as much interest to policy-makers as to the academic community.' - Richard Ullman, David K.E. Bruce Professor of International Affairs, Princeton University 'This useful collection, better integrated than most, deals effectively with an important and controversial array of problems. Its central message speaks wisely about the difficulties inherent in defining and then evaluating environmental security.' - Donald Kennedy, Bing Professor of Environmental Science, Stanford University


Part 1 Discourses: the changing nature of national security, M. M. Evans, J. W. Mentz, R. W. Chandler et al; integrating environmental factors into conventional security, R. A. Matthew; security, governance, and the environment, S. Rayner et al; human security, environmental security and sustainable development, S. Lonergan; geopolitics and ecology - rethinking the contexts of environmental security, S. Dalby. Part 2 Practices: integration on non-traditional security issues - a preliminary application to South Korea, R. E. Bedeski; trends in transboundary water disputes and dispute resolution, A. T. Wolf et al; water and conflict in the Middle East and South Asia - environment and security linkages, M. R. Lowi; perceptions of risk and security - the aral sea basin, G. Sergen et al; not seeing the people for the population - a cautionary tale from the Himalaya, M. Thompson.

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MIRIAM R. LOWI is Associate Professor, Department of Politics, The College of New Jersey. Author of Water and Power: the Politics of a Scarce Resource in the Jordan River Basin and several related articles, her research has been on transboundary resource disputes in protracted conflict settings. She is on the Executive Committee of the Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association. Her current work is on economic crisis and political instability in oil-exporting states. BRIAN R. SHAW is manager of the United States Department of Energy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Center for Environmental Security which is part of the Arms Control and Nonproliferation program of the National Security Division. A geologist by training, Brian R.Shaw's research and writing focus includes an array of regional security issues, among them nonproliferation and arms control and energy security and regional environmental management.

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