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(p. 337) 19. A New Agenda for Security and Strategy? 

(p. 337) 19. A New Agenda for Security and Strategy?
(p. 337) 19. A New Agenda for Security and Strategy?

James J. Wirtz

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date: 13 June 2021

This chapter explores a range of issues that have not been included traditionally in national security agendas or considered to be within the purview of strategy. It offers a utilitarian assessment of environmental, resource, and population issues to determine whether there is a new agenda for security and strategy. It also considers the demographics of global politics by focusing on the issue of population growth, commons issues such as the tragedy of the commons, and how military action can result in direct environmental damage. Finally, it examines the spread of infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis B and C, influenza and respiratory infections, diarrhoeal diseases, and measles. The chapter argues that countries are beginning to exhibit sensitivities and vulnerabilities to issues of low politics.

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