Security and Development in Global Politics

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352 pp., 6 x 9
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ISBN: 9781589018860 (1589018869)

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March 2012
LC: 2011035690

Security and Development in Global Politics
A Critical Comparison
Joanna Spear and Paul D. Williams, Editors
Security and development matter: they often involve issues of life and death and they determine the allocation of truly staggering amounts of the world's resources. Particularly since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, there has been momentum in policy circles to merge the issues of security and development to attempt to end conflicts, create durable peace, strengthen failing states, and promote the conditions necessary for people to lead healthier and more prosperous lives.

In many ways this blending of security and development agendas seems admirable and designed to produce positive outcomes all around. However, it is often the case that the two concepts in combination do not receive equal weight, with security issues getting priority over development concerns. This is not desirable and actually undermines security in the longer term. Moreover, there are major challenges in practice when security practitioners and development practitioners are asked to agree on priorities and work together.

Security and Development in Global Politics illuminates the common points of interest but also the significant differences between security and development agendas and approaches to problem solving. With insightful chapter pairings—each written by a development expert and a security analyst—the book explores seven core international issues: aid, humanitarian assistance, governance, health, poverty, trade and resources, and demography. Using this comparative structure, the book effectively assesses the extent to which there really is a nexus between security and development and, most importantly, whether the link should be encouraged or resisted.
Joanna Spear is director of the Security Policy Studies Program and an associate professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. She is also an associate fellow at Chatham House in London.

Paul D. Williams is an associate professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.
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"Joanna Spear and Paul Williams have produced an excellent book: comprehensive, wise, and sophisticated. It deserves to be widely read, not only by students but by all those with an interest in the vital issues it raises."—Mats Berdal, professor, Department of War Studies, King's College London

"This is a very interesting book. Joanna Spear and Paul Williams have taken a very current and relevant area and taken a different approach in analyzing it [....] Overall, I would definitely recommend this book and it is the one that I will certainly use in the classroom. I think the arguments are presented in a very accessible and engaging style, I particularly liked the summary sections within each chapter by the editors and I feel that the innovative structure really provides an excellent way into a set of complex dilemmas."—Journal of International Development

Table of Contents
Introduction
Joanna Spear and Paul D. Williams

1. Conceptualizing the Security-Development Relationship: An Overview of the Debate
Joanna Spear and Paul D. Williams

PART I: Aid

2. Aid: A Security Perspective
Bernard Harborne

3. Aid: A Development Perspective
Dan Morrow

Aid: Editors' Comments
Joanna Spear and Paul D. Williams

PART II: Humanitarian Assistance

4. Humanitarian Assistance: A Security Perspective
Robert Maletta and Joanna Spear

5. Humanitarian Assistance: A Development Perspective
Sabina Dewan

Humanitarian Assistance: Editors' Comments
Joanna Spear and Paul D. Williams

PART III: Governance

6. Governance: A Security Perspective
Terrence Lyons

7. Governance: A Development Perspective
Alasdair Bowie

Governance: Editors' Comments
Joanna Spear and Paul D. Williams

PART IV: Health

8. Health: A Security Perspective
George C. Fidas

9. Health: A Development Perspective
Julie E. Fischer

Health: Editors' Comments
Joanna Spear and Paul D. Williams

PART V: POVERTY

10. Poverty: A Security Perspective
Paul D. Williams

11. Poverty: A Development Perspective
Inder Sud

Poverty: Editors' Comments
Joanna Spear and Paul D. Williams

PART VI: TRADE AND RESOURCES

12. Trade and Resources: A Security Perspective
Joanna Spear

13. Trade and Resources: A Development Perspective
Raymond Gilpin

Trade and Resources: Editors' Comments
Joanna Spear and Paul D. Williams

PART VII: DEMOGRAPHY

14. Demography: A Security Perspective
Jack A. Goldstone

15. Demography: A Development Perspective
Richard P. Cincotta

Demography: Editors' Comments
Joanna Spear and Paul D. Williams

16. Conclusion: The Comparative Conversations between Security and Development
Joanna Spear and Paul D. Williams

Contributors
Index