Confronting the Evolving Global Security Landscape

Lessons from the Past and Present

by Max G. Manwaring, Foreword by Joseph M. Humire


A new and dangerous dynamic at work today involves the migration of political power from the traditional nation-state to terrorists, transnational criminals, tribal militias, and private armies.

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June 2019


Pages 173
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Security Studies/International and Transnational Security
  Politics, Law, and Government/International Relations

This book will help civilian and military leaders, opinion makers, scholars, and interested citizens come to grips with the realities of the twenty-first-century global security arena by dissecting lessons from both the past and the present.

This book sets out to accomplish four tasks: first, to outline the evolution of the national and international security concept from the Treaty of Westphalia (1648) to the present; second, to examine the circular relationship of the elements that define contemporary security; third, to provide empirical examples to accompany the discussion of each element—security, development, governance, and sovereignty; and fourth, to argue that substantially more sophisticated stability-security concepts, policy structures, and policy-making precautions are required in order for the United States to play more effectively in the global security arena.

Case studies provide the framework to join the various chapters of the book into a cohesive narrative, while the theoretical linear analytic method it employs defines its traditional approach to case studies. For each case study it discusses the issue in context, findings and outcomes of the issue, and conclusions and implications. Issue and Context sections outline the political-historical situation and answers the "What?" question; Findings and Outcome sections answer the "Who?", "Why?", "How?", and "So What?" questions; and Conclusions and Implications sections address Key Points and Lessons.


  • Addresses the changing nature of the contemporary global security landscape in an illuminating introductory chapter
  • Clearly demonstrates the evolving nature of global security through case studies
  • Takes a linear analytic approach, with a vignette that examines an internal security situation accompanying each chapter
  • Addresses the major gaps in the national and international security literature
Series Description

Praeger Security International

As the world gets "smaller" through technology and globalization, the security risks we face grow and multiply.

International security in the 21st century is not a topic that can be adequately addressed in nightly news soundbites or online articles intended to be relevant for 24 hours or less. Comprehending these complex issues requires insight from foreign policy specialists, diplomats, military officials, peace scholars, historians, and security experts—participants and observers on all sides of each conflict. This series provides the tools for understanding security issues in our uncertain, unstable world.

Covering global hot spots from Iran to Venezuela and subjects ranging from terrorism and cyber warfare to food security, books in the Praeger Security International series give readers access to carefully considered and highly informed viewpoints on the critical security issues that threaten to destabilize our world. With titles authored by diplomats, academic researchers, journalists, military leaders and combatants, legal experts, psychologists, and other knowledgeable specialists, these books offer in-depth analysis and international perspectives that are unavailable in the mass media. These titles represent an invaluable resource for students, researchers, and policymakers as well as for anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the complex issues that affect our lives and future.


  • Provides reliable, comprehensive information on all matters relating to security that is ideal for students, teachers, researchers, and professionals
  • Offers insightful commentaries written by a diverse group of scholars and experts who provide interdisciplinary treatments of newsworthy events and important historical occurrences
Author Info

Max G. Manwaring, PhD, is a retired professor of military strategy at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College (USAWC), where he held the General Douglas MacArthur Chair of Research, and is a retired U.S. Army colonel. Over the past 30-plus years, he has served in military and civilian positions at the U.S. Southern Command, the Defense Intelligence Agency, Dickinson College, and the University of Memphis. Dr. Manwaring is author or coauthor of several articles, chapters, and books dealing with intranational and international security affairs, political-military affairs, insurgency, counterinsurgency, and gangs.

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