Naval War College Review


Tom Fedyszyn


National security students and practi- tioners commonly dive into esoteric de- bates on the merits of various grand strategies and foreign policies, having spent little or no time pondering the contemporary meaning of the term that drives the discussion—“security.” Michael Sheehan, professor of interna- tional relations at Swansea University in the United Kingdom, and author of a number of authoritative texts on related subjects, was driven to write this book by a felt need to shed more light on this “contested concept.” International Secu- rity does an admirable job of illustrat- ing the myriad ways in which scholars have used the term since the advent of the discipline.