The Meaning of Environmental Security: Ecological Politics and Policy in the New Security Era

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Zed Books, 2001 - Political Science - 184 pages

At least two things are certain about world politics today: environmental problems are important, and discourses on security remain powerful. Environment and security have been progressively linked in theory, and environmental security is now manifest in policy. But the meaning of environmental security is ambiguous and open to appropriation, and an examination of its various interpretations and applications reveals much about the state of global environmental politics.

This book offers a comprehensive critical discussion of environmental security. It discusses the origins and implications of a wide variety of approaches to the subject. Barnett argues that ultimately environmental security is driven more by the power of security-makers than by the need to address environmental problems. By systematically uncovering the deficiencies of existing discourses on environmental security, Barnett goes beyond critique and develops an alternative approach with practical implications.

 

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Contents

Where this book goes
6
Ecological Exacerbations of Underdevelopment
12
The defence of environmental insecurity
21
National security and strategy
27
Common and comprehensive security
46
Policies for Pollution and the Pollution of Policy
71
The US Department of Defense
77
The US State Department
83
Risks risks and some opportunities
103
Ecology resilience and security
111
Concepts and the contestation of security
119
Environmental security as human security
127
Environmental security and sustainability
134
Bibliography
161
Index
177
Copyright

The Military
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Jon Barnett is a post-doctoral fellow at the MacMillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury.
Jon Barnett is a post-doctoral fellow at the MacMillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury.

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