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Thinking globally and acting regionally: securitising energy and environment


Kellow, AJ, Thinking globally and acting regionally: securitising energy and environment, Security Politics in the Asia-Pacific : A Regional-Global Nexus?, Cambridge University Press, William T. Tow (ed), New York, pp. 266-283. ISBN 9780521758826 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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In evaluating issues within the so-called 'new agenda' in security studies, it is tempting to offer prescriptions addressing problems that affect world politics at the transnational and global levels of analysis. This is particularly the case for environmental issues, which have become progressively securitised within the discourse on international relations (Homer-Dixon 2001). To resolve environmental dangers such as resource depletion, energy security and anthropogenic climate change, much of the prevailing wisdom favours recourse to global civil society and global institutions (Barton et al. 2004). An under-appreciated fact here is that regional dynamics can affect outlooks towards global solutions perceived as the best way to address environmental problems in a variety of ways. On the one hand, excessive reliance on regionalism can make this task problematic. Conversely, however, regional solutions have in fact often proven far more appropriate than an exclusive reliance on global norms and laws, not to mention a weak global civil society that is still in its infancy

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Policy and administration not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kellow, AJ (Professor Aynsley Kellow)
ID Code:61106
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2010-02-26
Last Modified:2015-06-04
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