Book chapter

Security Policy and (Global) Risk(s)

Current and future scholarly engagements with security practices and policies won't be able to avoid engagement with the concept of ‘risk’. There is a growing number of scholarly engagements with ‘risk’ in the context of security, which apply a variety of different conceptions of ‘risk’. This Chapter introduces two different approaches to ‘risk’ and discusses their relevance in and for global security governance.


An Interplay of Traditions: The ‘Return of Uncertainty’ and its Taming in Post-9/11 US Security Thinking

This paper revisits the interpretation of the post-9/11 world held within the Bush Administration. Grounded in an analysis of the Public Papers of President Bush it reveals and discusses a significant interpretation that has been overlooked to date: the idea that the US had entered a 'new world'.


The Role of Transnational Civil Society

This chapter considers the role of transnational civil society in genocide response and prevention. While the focus is often on international NGOs and the media in this context, the paper argues for a broader lens. It suggests that civil society’s most important role might be its contribution to the evolving global humanitarian regime – those ‘rules’ and ‘tools’ that shape international discussions and responses in the face of any particular crisis.


Preventive Detention Beyond the Law: The Need to Ask Socio-Political Questions

This paper invites policy makers to appreciate the socio-political complexity of preventive detention beyond its legal profile and concerns about effectiveness in order that such an appreciation might inform debate about and development of policy into the future.