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Rethinking International Development series

Risk and the Security-Development Nexus

The Policies of the US, the UK and Canada

Authors: McConnon, Eamonn

  • Unique in its scope, this book analyses the security and development policy of three different donor countries (the US, the UK and Canada) over two decades
  • Analyses the implementation of these donor countries' polices in two nations, Ethiopia and Kenya
  • While most of the literature in this area focuses on the highly militarised contexts of Afghanistan and Iraq, this book provides a contrasting view through a study of the merging of security and development in a more standard development context
  • Introduces a new understanding of how security concerns have been incorporated in development policy, including in cases when there is no direct military or conflict related outcome
  • National security and its perceived conflict with development aid is a topic of increasing academic, policy and public interest in the West
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-98246-5
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About this book

 ‘In this comprehensive and wide-ranging analysis, McConnon demonstrates the extent to which security concerns have come to pervade the development policies of the three major donor countries.’
Rita Abrahamsen, University of Ottawa, Canada 

‘An original and compelling analysis of the security-development nexus of three donor countries here combined with a closer look at how their policies play out in two recipient countries, Kenya and Ethiopia, which are actually more representative than the usual high-profile cases of Afghanistan and Iraq. McConnon’s application of the risk-management lens is theoretically innovative and insightful. A most welcome contribution to the growing literature in this area.’
Stephen Brown, University of Ottawa, Canada

‘The argument that security has been brought in to mainstream development policy partly, but not solely, because of the War on Terror is here meticulously detailed. The implication of this is that the security-development nexus is not an abstract idea, but a risk management strategy by the West. Using extensive documentary evidence McConnon provides a very clear discussion of policy that has big implications for theoretical approaches to development and security.’
Paul Jackson, University of Birmingham, UK

This book explores the security-development nexus through a study of the merging of security and development in the policies of the US, the UK and Canada. It argues that instead of framing this relationship as a ‘securitisation’ of development, it is best understood as a form of security risk management where development aid is expected to address possible security risks before they emerge. Rather than a single entity, the security-development nexus is instead a complex web of multiple interactions and possibilities. The work at hand is motivated by the increasingly close relationship between security and development actors, which was a consequence of a number of protracted civil conflicts in the 1990s. These cooperations were presented by donors as a common sense solution to conflict resolution and prevention, with the roots of many conflicts being seen to lie in development problems, and security being considered a necessary condition to allow development projects to take place. However, McConnon concludes that the merging of security and development is still largely driven by conventional hard security concerns.

About the authors

Eamonn McConnon is Researcher at the International Institute for Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction (IICRR) at Dublin City University, Ireland. His research interests are the merging of development and security, the use of development aid for conflict prevention and resolution, failed states and migration.

Reviews

“Where does security end and development begin? And is development securitised to the extent that it is compromised? These are the questions that dominate Eamonn McConnon’s excellent analysis of the security-development nexus. Using case studies, fieldwork and discourse analysis, he has crafted a finely argued account of how security interests often instrumentalise development. The result is securitised development in which human and economic development is often through the lens of risk. The book will be on my reading lists” (Roger MacGinty, University of Durham, UK)

 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    McConnon, Eamonn

    Pages 1-9

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  • The Merging of Security and Development in Context

    McConnon, Eamonn

    Pages 11-50

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  • Mapping the Security-Development Nexus

    McConnon, Eamonn

    Pages 51-77

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  • US Development Policy in the Ongoing War on Terror

    McConnon, Eamonn

    Pages 79-112

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  • Poverty, Terrorism and National Security in the UK’s Development Policy

    McConnon, Eamonn

    Pages 113-149

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Buy this book

eBook 59,49 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98246-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 72,79 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98245-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Risk and the Security-Development Nexus
Book Subtitle
The Policies of the US, the UK and Canada
Authors
Series Title
Rethinking International Development series
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98246-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98246-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98245-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 235
Number of Illustrations
17 b/w illustrations
Topics