Contemporary Security Challenges

Module code: PES7037-B

To develop a good grounding and advanced appreciation of key concepts, theories, perspectives and analyticalframeworks of security studies, particularly as these relate to understanding transnational and internationalsecurity agendas and processes.To develop a good appreciation of the range of contemporary securitychallenges and processes, particularly as they relate to transnational and international security problems; andunderstanding and skills on how these concepts and analytical frameworks can be used to advance knowledgeand understanding of such security challenges. To develop detailed and advanced understanding of selectedmajor contemporary security challenges in which major shifts in relative power, interstate tensions, and risks ofinter-state war are a major factor. These include risks of violent conflict and military confrontations involvingmajor or emerging global and regional powers, including selected case studies in Asia, Europe, Middle East andNorth Africa. These further include major challenges to global and regional security governance and conflictprevention mechanisms in the contexts of the relative rise of China, India, Russia, and other major developingpowers and global security governance; challenges to post-Cold War regional security and conflict preventionorders (for example in Europe and East Asia); the relevance and effectiveness of the UN and other multilateralsecurity institutions; and nuclear arms proliferation and holdings.To development knowledge and understandingsufficient to engage at an advanced level with contemporary policy debates concerning key internationalsecurity issues. To develop skills and familiarity with methods for analysing factors contributing to risks andprocesses of violent conflict, and for assessing inter-relationships between risks of civil war or transnationalconflicts and risks and dynamics of interstate conflicts.

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