Defense and Security
A Compendium of National Armed Forces and Security Policies [2 volumes]
by Karl DeRouen, Jr. and Uk Heo, Editors
September 2005, 1013pp, 7x10
2 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-85109-781-4
$201, £155, 175€, A276
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When the Cold War ended, the world witnessed a collapse of the global bipolar political structure, prompting countries to adjust their national security and defense policies. Some nations pursued unilateral security, while others strengthened regional alliances. Some increased their defense spending, while others significantly reduced their military arsenal. What are the current security and defense policies of key countries around the world?

An authoritative, up-to-date examination of the national security and defense policies of 50 influential nations and regions across the globe.

Defense and Security: A Compendium of National Armed Forces and Security Policies presents highly readable, authoritative essays profiling the defense and security policies of over 50 individual countries and regions, with a focus on present-day developments.

Written by leading national and international scholars and edited by eminent political science experts Karl DeRouen and Uk Heo, the essays take an in-depth look at each nation’s current security situation, defense spending, present and potential military confrontations, civil–military relations, alliances, relations to terrorism, and other topics of importance. Historical events and conflicts are highlighted as well, with emphasis on the post–Cold War era. The essays are parallel in structure, allowing readers to pinpoint similarities and draw comparisons among nations. The two-volume set also includes a detailed introduction featuring a cross-national comparison.


  • Chapters cover defense spending and experiences with conflict for over 50 countries
  • Forty distinguished contributors from different countries and institutions, including Ivelaw Griffith and John Henderson, who are world experts on the security situations in their areas of interest
  • Two tables in each essay with basic security data for quick lookup
  • Bibliographic information included for each entry
Karl DeRouen, Jr., Ph.D., is associate professor at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. He has published in numerous scholarly journals such as British Journal of Political Science and International Studies Quarterly.

Uk Heo, Ph.D., is associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI. He has published in such journals as British Journal of Political Science and Journal of Politics.


"This excellent resource will be valuable for medium-sized and large public libraries and academic libraries."—Booklist, April 15, 2006
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