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Securing Civilization?The EU, NATO and the OSCE in the Post-9/11 World$
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Alexandra Gheciu

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199217229

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217229.001.0001

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Introduction—Thinking about Security in the Twenty‐First Century

Introduction—Thinking about Security in the Twenty‐First Century

(p.1) 1 Introduction—Thinking about Security in the Twenty‐First Century
Securing Civilization?

Alexandra Gheciu (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The first chapter sets the scene by placing the analysis within the framework of debates about developments in the transatlantic security community in the post-9/11 world. It explains this book's focus on the EU, NATO, and the OSCE, and discusses the methods and data used in this study. Following an analysis of changes in the field of security since the end of the Cold War — and, as a prelude to the empirical chapters, a brief discussion of the evolving roles of the EU, NATO, and the OSCE — this chapter explains the conceptual framework used in this book. Drawing on analyses of risk-management developed in the disciplines of sociology, criminology, and political science, it argues that contemporary practices aimed at preventing and fighting terrorism can be understood as instantiations of a particular form of management of allegedly exceptional risks to modern liberal order.

Keywords:   EU, NATO, OSCE, risk-management, security community, security field, terrorism

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