· Introduction: International security and defence as theory and practice.
· Theoretical Understanding: Study and Causes of War, The end of the Cold War, causes and consequences, multipolar security architectures, the growth of international/global frameworks, US Hegemony
· Actors diversity: multilateral security institutions, private military companies, role of non-state actors
· Military Threats: Military reorganisation and refocusing, professionalisation and the embedding of new technologies, the current and future role of nuclear weapons.
· Soft Security: Peace-keeping and peace-making, crisis management as security enhancement, resources and demographics as security threats, the role of supranational and international bodies as coordinators and leaders.
· The ‘War on Terror’: Counter-terrorism as the new global imperative, sources and consequences of post-Cold War terrorism, the integration of counter-terrorism into traditional hard security frameworks, dealing with rogue states
· Future Paths: Future scenarios for international security – consolidation or fragmentation? Clash of civilisations or the emergence of global norms? Where are the new cleavages and is contemporary security systems designed to deal with them?