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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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All-hazards approach: The all-hazards approach is concerned with protecting infrastructure and society from the whole range of hazards (an-thropogenic and natural), though not necessarily each and every single haz-ard.

Anthropogenic: “Man-made” (e.g., anthropo-genic vs. natural disasters).

Big data: A broad term for data sets so large or complex that traditional data processing applications are inadequate. Challenges include predictive analysis, capture, curation, search, sharing, storage, transfer, visu-alization, and information privacy.

Black swan: An improbable event that has three main characteris-tics: unpredictability (due to lack of imagination of the “impossible” and of scientifically computable probabil-ity); crucial and severe impact; and people’s endeavor for explana-tion after its occurrence.

Border control: The regulation of access of people and goods to a country via land, maritime, and air borders and ports of entry.

Border management: A broad concept typically including (1) border control; (2) coping with immigrants, asylum claimants, and refugees; (3) enhancing security ← 247 | 248 → and coping with cross-border threats; and (4) coordina-tion between and among domestic and foreign agencies.

Chilling effect: Reluctance of people to take part in certain ac-tivities caused by fear that such participation will bring them under official, yet unreasonable, suspicion of criminal, terrorist, etc., activity.

Civil protection: The protection of people, the environment, and property in the event of anthropogenic, technological, and natural risks or emergencies. While in some countries considered a concept overcome by developments after the Cold War and integrated into...

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