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Reconceptualizing Security in the Americas in the Twenty-First Century

Edited by Bruce M. Bagley; Jonathan D. Rosen and Hanna S. Kassab - Contributions by Bruce M. Bagley; Jorge Chabat; Sebastían Antonio Cutrona; R. Evan Ellis; Juan Carlos Garzón Vergara; Joseph M. Humire; Adam Isacson; Hanna S. Kassab; Barnett S. Koven; Alberto Lozano-Vázquez; Bradford R. McGuinn; Cynthia McClintock; Rémi Piet; Sherri L. Porcelain; Daniel Suman; Jonathan D. Rosen; Lilian Yaffe and Roberto Zepeda Martínez

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This book illustrates the plethora of security concerns of the Americas in the 21st century. It presents the work of a number of prolific scholars and analysts in the continents of America. The book provides one of the only expansive applications of theory to a wide geographical area. It offers new perspectives and urges readers to take theory seriously through use.

Within the Americas, we find a number of important issues that compose of this geographic security complex. Most important are the threats that supersede borders: drug trafficking, migration, health, and environment. These threats change our understanding of security and the state and region process of neutralizing or correcting these threats. This volume evaluates these threats within contemporary security discourse.
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Lexington Books
Pages: 376Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7391-9485-0 • Hardback • February 2015 • $100.00 • (£70.00)
978-0-7391-9487-4 • Paperback • August 2016 • $49.99 • (£32.95)
978-0-7391-9486-7 • eBook • February 2015 • $46.99 • (£31.95)
Bruce M. Bagley is professor in the Department of International Studies at the University of Miami.

Hanna Kassab is lecturer at the University of Miami.

Jonathan D. Rosen is research professor at the Institute of International Studies at the Universidad del Mar, Mexico.
Section 1: Reconceptualizing Security
Hanna Kassab
Hanna Kassab
Alberto Lozano-Vázquez
Section 2:Terrorism, Insurgency and Challenges to the State
: A Conceptual Analysis—Bradford R. McGuinn
Lilian Yaffe
Jorge Chabat
Section 3: Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking
Juan Carlos Garzón Vergara
Joseph M. Humire
Adam Isacson
Sebastían Antonio Cutrona
Barnett S. Koven and Cynthia McClintock
Section 4: The New Security Agenda
R. Evan Ellis
Development and Inequality in the Americas—Ali R. Bustamante
Rémi Piet
Sherri L. Porcelain
Daniel Suman
Roberto Zepeda Martínez
States is not the least interested in turning to violence to liquidate Venezuela's 'revolution.' Nobody is going to invade Venezuela. What is generally ignored is why Obama has taken this contradictory step that only serves to give Maduro a pretext for nationalism, increase repression and stir the Latin American hornet's nest. And yet, there are good reasons behind the move. Venezuela is indeed a risk to the security of the United States, not because it violated the democrats' human rights – that was the excuse – but because of three activities that are codified in the doctrinary definition that indicates where the danger to U.S. society begins or intensifies. Whoever wants to know the vision that prevails in Washington on this issue should read the book Reconceptualizing Security in the Americas in the 21st Century, with special attention to the chapter titles Venezuela: Trends in Organized Crime.
The Miami Herald


While Latin America currently does not present a threat to global security, a number of important security issues within the Americas result in pervasive threats to people’s lives…. This informative volume, which brings together contributions from all over the Americas, picks up on these diagnoses. It is a valuable addition to an increasing literature on nontraditional security issues in the Americas, which so far has concentrated mainly on citizen security, violence, and illicit activities like drug trafficking.
International Studies Review


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