WHAT'S NEW ABOUT 'NEW' SECURITY ISSUES?
(on Scribd.com), for Professor D. Carment and Amir in course47.260 (Political Studies).DEC 94According to Seymon Brown (hereafter to be referred to as Seyom), in WorldSecurity: Challenges For A New Century, edited by M.T. Klare and D.C. Thomas, thepost Cold War era has resulted in the rise of new security issues (ch 1 K&T).Seyom tries to establish that these new security issues are more complex andmulti-dimensional than the security issues that dominated the Cold war era, andthat they are in fact entirely new. This article will be dealing with the 'new'security issues of the environment and arms trade.Seyom argues that the old realist paradigm is no longer valid in an increasinglycomplex post Cold-war era. He argues further, that the 'new' security issues ofarms trade and the environment (to name just two) are to complex for individualstates to adequately address alone or even in alliance with other states. What isneeded, he says, to adequately address these 'new' issues is some form of worldorganization, that will replace the inadequate anarchical world system as a systemof government that will accommodate the needs of the citizens of the whole world.The Realist paradigm, quite obviously, is opposed to Seyom's assertions of a newworld order. In speaking from the perspective of a Realist one might be