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date: 17 September 2021

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This chapter surveys the changing geography of international security and examines its implications for the future. It discusses the role that territoriality has played in the conceptualization of security and how a “methodological nationalist” bias has shaped the field of security studies. The chapter examines a range of spaces beyond the state, including cities, cyberspace, refugee camps, and diasporas, and analyzes how broader structural changes in the international system lead to a blurring of zones of war and peace. It examines non-state changes in distributions of power that strengthen network configurations and global circuits of political violence, and suggests tools from geography, sociology, and anthropology that can be employed to understand and map the new landscape of global security.

Keywords: geography, territory, security, globalization, technology, terrorism, space, cities, diasporas, networks

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