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Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on Homeland and Civil Security

A Research-Based Introduction

Edited By Alexander Siedschlag

This uniquely composed textbook provides a cross-disciplinary introduction to the field of homeland and civil security. It unites U.S. and international scholars and practitioners in addressing both foundational topics and risk- informed priorities in fostering secure societies. The book examines research-related foundations of homeland and civil security across national boundaries, and how those apply to addressing real-world challenges of our time. Representing different disciplines, intellectual styles, and methodological choices in meeting those challenges, chapters provide a comprehensive perspective across different approaches and levels of governance within an all-hazards framework. The book covers international experiences in border management; intelligence for homeland security; comparative political and legal frameworks for use of «drones»; risk management at the tribal level; terrorism as a strategic hybrid threat; critical infrastructure protection and resilience; historical lessons for emergency management in the homeland security era; the leadership challenge in homeland security; ethics, legal, and social issues in homeland and civil security research and practice; and examples of the scientific status of the field from the epistemic as well as the educational point of view. Including a research guide, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index, the book will be of distinctive worth to homeland security students in graduate courses, as well as to an international student community taking courses in political science, public administration, «new security studies», and security research.
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I would like to express my gratitude to a number of people and institutions to whom I owe in the editorship of this book.

My previous experience in shaping the field of civil security research in Europe significantly contributed to the plan for this book: serving the European Commission as an expert in the preparatory action for the Security theme in the 7th Framework Program for research, and later on in that program after it was launched, as well as the Austrian National Security Research Program KIRAS as a founding member of the jury. My years as a Professor for Security Research at Sigmund Freud University Vienna, Austria, and as a coordinator of the EU security research project FOCUS, on “Foresight Security Scenarios,” from which several colleagues have contributed to this volume and the concept of the book, were fundamental, too. FOCUS also availed me the privilege of academically collaborating with DHS components and research projects, as well as with FEMA, in their Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI).

The inspiration and insight I gained on my current appointment as Professor and Chair of Homeland Security Programs at The Pennsylvania State University, at my home college Penn State Harrisburg, and at its School of Public Affairs, has been limitlessly precious. I particularly benefitted from discussion with colleagues ← xi | xii → and students in the Intercollege Master of Professional Studies Program in Homeland Security (iMPS-HLS).

Thank you to the contributing authors; without your insight and contributions...

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