Globalization and Environmental Challenges

Book Launch

Globalization and Environmental Challenges: Reconceptualizing Security in the 21st Century

Hosted by 'The Centre', Brussels

16:30-18:00, 14 July 2008

On 14 July 2008, the IES co-organised this book launch together with
EGMONT - Royal Society for International Relations, and the EastWest Institute.

Globalization and Environmental Challenges Book Cover

Globalization and Environmental Challenges pose new security dangers and concerns. In this book, 92 authors from 5 continents assess the global reconceptualization of security triggered by the end of the Cold War, globalization and global environmental change in the early 21st century.

Seventy five chapters address the theoretical, philosophical, ethical and religious and spatial context of security; discuss the relationship between security, peace, development and environment; review the re-conceptualization of security in philosophy, international law, economics and political science and for the political, military, economic, social and environmental security dimension and the adaptation of the institutional security concepts of the UN, EU and NATO; analyze the reconceptualization of regional security and draw conclusions for future research and action.


  • Simon O’Connor, The Centre
  • Ambassador Ortwin Hennig, Vice President / Head of the Conflict Prevention Program, EastWest Institute
  • PD Dr. Hans Günter Brauch,  FU Berlin / UNU-EHS, Bonn / AFES-PRESS, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Ursula Oswald Spring,  UNAM-CRIM,  Cuernavaca,  Morelos, Mexico / Munich Re Chair, UNU-EHS, Bonn / Minister of Environment (1994-1998) in Morelos, Mexico
  • Tom  Spencer,  Vice  Chairman,  Institute for Environmental Security / Former President,  GLOBE  International  / Former MEP and Former President, EP Committee on Foreign Affairs, Security and Defence Policy (1997-99)
  • Prof. Dr.Sven Biscop, Senior Research Fellow, EGMONT - Royal  Institute for International Relations

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Click here for more information about the book.