© 2005

New Threats and New Actors in International Security

  • Editors
  • Elke¬†Krahmann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Civil War

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
  4. Terrorism and Transnational Crime


    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
  6. Small Arms and Light Weapons

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
  7. Conclusion

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 213-230

About this book


Non-state threats and actors have become key topics in contemporary international security as since the end of the Cold War the notion that state is the primary unit of interest in international security has increasingly been challenged. Statistics show that today many more people are killed by ethnic conflicts, HIV/AIDS or the proliferation of small arms than by international war. Moreover, non-state actors, such as non-governmental organizations, private military companies and international regimes, are progressively complementing or even replacing states in the provision of security. Suggesting that such developments can be understood as part of a shift from government to governance in international security, this book examines both how private actors have become one of the main sources of insecurity in the contemporary world and how non-state actors play a growing role in combating these threats.


AIDS conflicts cooperation Europe Governance interaction networks organization organizations politics Proliferation state terrorism war weapons

About the authors

ELKE KRAHMANN is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Bristol, UK.

Bibliographic information


"Viewing non-state forces appropriately as capable of both degrading and enhancing global stability, this insightful volume is useful theoretically and empirically in broadening commonly-held notions of security and governance."

- Robert Mandel, Lewis & Clark College