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Pepperdine Professors Co-author Book on Post-Cold War Security

Dan Caldwell and Robert E. Williams

Pepperdine University professors Dan Caldwell and Robert E. Williams have completed a timely new book called Seeking Security in an Insecure World.  Published in December by Rowman and Littlefield, the book was written as an introduction for a general readership to issues of contemporary security.  It will be released and marketed as both a textbook and a trade book, explaining how far more complicated national security is now than it was during the Cold War period.

Seeking Security in an Insecure World offers a brief but thorough introduction to contemporary security studies. With clear and lively prose, compelling examples, and solid scholarship, it will engage students and general readers who wish to gain a better understanding of what security means today and how it can best be achieved.

The collapse of the Soviet Union brought an end to a prolonged period of intense insecurity for the United States and changed the nature of how security is viewed in the post-Cold War world.  Military operations in Somalia, Bosnia, Haiti, and Kosovo made it appear that forces developed to deter and, if necessary, fight a major war against the Soviet Union and its allies, would have to be transformed into institutions capable of carrying out humanitarian aid and peacekeeping missions. 

The September 11 attacks on the United States and the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq dramatically changed that supposition.  Security has, once again, become the central concern of most governments, but our understanding of security has changed significantly since the end of the Cold War. 

No longer is war the only security threat that states face.  Nor is war what it once was.  Today’s security agenda includes the threat posed by the spread of infectious disease, global warming and oil shortages.  It pits states against ethnic rebellions and transnational criminal organizations and, of course, a global network of terrorist organizations.  It contemplates wars in cyber-space and on the ground against elusive individuals and shadowy organizations rather than states. 

The quest for security, in other words, has become far more salient than it was during the euphoric days of the post-Cold War period and far more complicated than it was during the Cold War.  Seeking Security in an Insecure World assesses the very meaning of security in an insecure world.

Seeking Security in an Insecure World

Publicity Events for Seeking Security in an Insecure World

January 22
2 to 3 p.m.
Book signing and reading
Dutton’s Bookstore, Brentwood, California

January 24
5 to 6 p.m.
Formal launch of book
Raitt Recital Hall, Pepperdine University
U.S. Ambassador David Aaron, former deputy national security advisor, will comment on the book followed by responses from the authors.

February 9
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Book signing and reading
Village Books, Pacific Palisades

For further information and/or additional events, please contact Dan Caldwell at (310) 506-4573

About the Authors
Dan Caldwell
is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Pepperdine University.  He served for three years on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve.  During that time, he held positions at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and the Executive Office of the President in Washington, D.C.

Caldwell is also the author of American-Soviet Relations, The Dynamics of Domestic Politics of Arms Control, and World Politics and You (an international relations textbook).  In addition, he has written a number of articles and chapters in professional journals and books.

In 2005, Caldwell joined the Chairman's Advisory Council of the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Forum for U.S.-Russian Dialogue since 1984 and served from 1989 through 1991 as the President and Chairman of the Board of this organization.  He is also a member of the American Political Science Association, the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Caldwell has appeared as an expert commentator on Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, KCAL 9, KTTV Fox 11, KNX 1070 Newsradio, KFWB News 980, and KABC-AM Radio.  He has been quoted as an expert in such publications as Science and the Los Angeles Times, and has written op-eds for the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor.

Robert E. Williams, Jr. is Associate Professor of Political Science at Pepperdine University.  He has written a number of articles and book chapters on arms control and human rights and is a former Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow in Arms Control and Disarmament.  His current research focuses on the impact of international human rights norms on U.S. law and policy.

Williams has served on the boards of two Los Angeles-based human rights organizations, the International Monitor Institute and El Rescate.  He speaks frequently on campus and in the community on topics related to human rights and international security.

Praise for the book
“This book is a major contribution that incisively analyzes the many new security issues that now dominate the international arena.  This study fills a major gap in the literature and will become required reading for students and policy specialists.”
Professor Alexander L. George, Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations, Emeritus, Stanford University

“In a world that is increasingly interconnected, the very concept of security requires redefinition and broadening.  Dan Caldwell and Robert Williams not only offer a cogent explanation for why this is the case but they also present an excellent overview of the range and nature of the new threats.  In doing so, they have provided a real service to scholars, policy-makers and interested lay-people alike.  Interested citizens, after reading this thoughtful book, will both understand the challenges of security in a new century better and also be able to demand more imaginative and integrated responses from governments and non-governmental organizations.”
Ambassador Dennis Ross, Former Special Middle East Peace Coordinator
Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy

“Dan Caldwell and Robert Williams have taken on a daunting challenge:  to make sense of the broad array of threats facing the United States and the rest of the world in the twenty-first century.  They have succeeded admirably.  Seeking Security in an Insecure World provides an accessible and thoughtful analysis of issues ranging from terrorism to infectious diseases to cyber warfare.”
Dr. James M. Lindsay, Vice President and Director of Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

“In an age that's insecure not only about future threats but also about the very definition of security in this rapidly changing world, the authors offer a powerful way of seeking much better answers.  They argue that, just as national economies have become increasingly globalized, so, too, must national thinking about security give way to more globalized perspectives.  Reading this book convinces one that whatever might actually work to make our world more secure is sure to prove like nothing we have ever tried in the past.  This is a timely and hugely important contribution to smart thinking about national and international security.”
Tom Plate, International Syndicated Newspaper Columnist

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