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The New Front Line: Security in a changing world. ippr Commission on National Security, Working Paper No. 1

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Author(s):  Ian Kearns, Ken Gude
Published date:  13 Feb 2008
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This paper analyses the key changes taking place in the national and international security landscape and assesses their implications for policy, examining the context within which a national security strategy must now be forged. As a result, it becomes clear that the contemporary security landscape is about much more than terrorism alone.

This paper analyses the key changes taking place in the national and international security landscape and assesses their implications for policy, examining the context within which a national security strategy must now be forged. As a result, it becomes clear that the contemporary security landscape is about much more than terrorism alone.

The paper identifies five drivers of change and their effects:

  • Globalisation and power diffusion
  • Global poverty and failing states
  • Climate change
  • The growth of political Islam
  • Socio-economic vulnerability.