Energy and Food Security

Authored by: Petra Dolata

Routledge Companion to Intelligence Studies

Print publication date:  August  2013
Online publication date:  September  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415507523
eBook ISBN: 9780203762721
Adobe ISBN: 9781134480296

10.4324/9780203762721.ch29

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Abstract

Energy and food security have become prominent concepts in the last couple of years. They highlight potential vulnerabilities in an interconnected world and point towards the intricate relationship between traditional and human security concerns. These vulnerabilities have existed before but their systematic inclusion into academic studies occurred only recently, thereby contributing to the widening of the concept of security (Buzan 1997). Because energy or food disruptions potentially constitute threats to the well-being of citizens, but also the functioning of national economies, both concepts need to be addressed from an intelligence studies perspective in order to provide useful data on the probabilities of these threats and to offer responses that go beyond ad hoc measures and contribute to improved resilience.

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