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Security in the 21st Century:
The challenge of transnational threat systems

Dr. Richard Matthew

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About Dr. Richard Matthew

Richard A. Matthew is Associate Professor of International and Environmental Politics in the Schools of Social Ecology and Social Science at the University of California at Irvine, and Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs ( and the Global Environmental Change and Human Security Research Office (, both at UCI. He is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (Region 1), has taught at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, and has worked closely with the Departments of State and Defense as well as numerous non-governmental organizations. His research focuses on international relations in the developing world, especially South Asia, and he has published widely on transnational security threats including environmental change, terrorism and landmines. Recent books and co-edited volumes include Contested Grounds: Security and Conflict in the New Environmental Politics (SUNY Press: 1999); Dichotomy of Power: Nation versus State in World Politics (Lexington: 2002); Conserving the Peace: Resources, Livelihoods, and Security (IISD: 2002); Reframing the Agenda: The Impact of NGO and Middle Power Cooperation in International Security Policy (Praeger; 2003); and Landmines and Human Security: International Relations and War’s Hidden Legacy (SUNY Press: 2004). Key articles include “Sex, Drugs and Heavy Metal: Transnational Threats and National Vulnerabilities,” “The Pendulum Effect: Explaining Shifts in the Democratic Response to Terrorism,” and “Bioterrorism and National Security: Peripheral Threats and Core Vulnerabilities.”


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