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Adamson, Fiona and Greenhill, Kelly (2021) 'Globality and Entangled Security: Rethinking the Post-1945 Order.' New Global Studies, 15 (2/3). pp. 165-180.

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In this essay we argue for the utility of moving from a “national” to an “entangled global” perspective on security. Focusing on the post-1945 international context, we discuss how the concept of “globality” can inform and reframe our understanding of transnational security dynamics and help move us beyond traditional state-centric frameworks. Such a move enables a better understanding of historical events and contemporary security dynamics than classical “national security” frameworks alone. After outlining the rationale behind our call for expanding the aperture in the study of security, we theorize security entanglement as a particularly important form of globality with its own internal dynamics and show how the entanglement framework allows us to rethink the post-1945 security environment and events within it. We then focus on three illustrative forms of security entanglement that have been underexplored in security studies: the global nature of the Cold War; dynamics of decolonization and its legacies; and the relationship between migration and security. We conclude by discussing the implications of security entanglement for future visions of world security.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: security; entanglement; Cold War; decolonisation; migration; transnationalism
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISSN: 19400004
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 05 May 2021 17:57
Funders: Leverhulme Trust

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