Human Security in a Borderless World


Derek S. Reveron; Kathleen A. Mahoney-Norris

First Edition • February 1, 2011 • 272 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813344850 • $34.00 USD$43.99 CAN

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To fully understand contemporary security studies, we must move beyond the traditional focus on major national powers and big wars. Modern threats to security include issues such as globalization, climate change, pandemic diseases, endemic poverty, weak and failing states, transnational narcotics trafficking, piracy, and vulnerable information systems. Human Security in a Borderless World offers a fresh, detailed examination of these challenges that threaten human beings, their societies, and their governments today. Authors Derek S. Reveron and Kathleen A. Mahoney-Norris provide a thought-provoking exploration of civic, economic, environmental, maritime, health, and cyber security issues in this era of globalization, including thorough consideration of the policy implications for the United States. They argue that human security is now national security.

This timely and engaging book is an essential text for today’s courses on security studies, foreign policy, international relations, and global issues. Features include three special sections in each chapter that explain potential counterarguments about the topic under consideration; explore the policy debates that dominate the area of study; and illuminate concrete examples of security threats. Richly illustrated and accessibly written, Human Security in a Borderless World is designed to encourage critical thinking and bring the material to life for students.


Derek S. Reveron is the EMC Informationist Chair and professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. His books include Exporting Security: International Engagement, Security Cooperation, and the Changing Face of the U.S. Military; Inside Defense: Understanding the U.S. Military in the 21st Century; Flashpoints in the War on Terrorism; and America‘s Viceroys: The Military and U.S. Foreign Policy. He serves on the editorial boards of the Naval War College Review and the National Intelligence Journal.

Kathleen A. Mahoney-Norris is professor of national security studies at the USAF’s Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama. She also teaches Latin American regional security issues at the Air War College. She is coeditor of Democratization and Human Rights: Challenges and Contradictions, and has written numerous articles and book chapters on civil-military relations, military education issues, and human rights. She serves on the editorial board of Joint Force Quarterly.

1. Human Security in a Borderless World
2. Civic Security
3. Economic Security
4. Environmental Security
5. Maritime Security
6. Health Security
7. Cyber Security
8. Protecting and Promoting Human Security

“This highly accessible book offers a novel approach to security studies, including insightful inserts (“Think Again”) to stimulate readers’ thinking about security issues for a new century. Human Security in a Borderless World should prove invaluable to a wide audience ranging from civilian and military students to policy makers and those who advise them.”
Naval War College Review

“This is the book that those who teach international security have been waiting for: an in-depth, serious treatment of the emerging ‘human security’ paradigm, one that will serve as a marvelous foundation for units on these issues in upper-division courses or for entire courses on the subject. Timely, important, and engaging.”
—Christopher J. Fettweis, Tulane University

“Provides the best comprehensive examination of nontraditional, human security issues. The authors’ approach is very important and persuasive. This book will be very helpful for anyone studying human security at the global level. It is a perfect fit for undergraduate classes on security, international relations, and globalization.”
—Dursun Peksen, East Carolina University

“The focus on globalization and human security sets this book apart from the more traditional textbooks. Well written and easy to follow, the book uniquely sets out the security problem in each section, presents the approaches and policies the United States has implemented, and offers important suggestions for improvement.”
—Mary Pettenger, Western Oregon University

“Although the book is designed as a text for those with an interest in the study of international and national security, it provides the reader with a brilliantly poignant understanding of the concepts underpinning human security. . . . This work will be invaluable to any student, policy maker, or those who teach and advise on matters of human security at the global level.”
Parameters: US Army War College Quarterly

“Reveron (Naval War College) and Mahoney-Norris (Air Command and Staff College) have written a compelling textbook on the need to consider human security in an increasingly globalized world….The authors’ strong backgrounds in national security lend great credibility to their analysis… Recommended.” –Choice

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