Defining National Security: The Nonmilitary Aspects

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Council on Foreign Relations, 1993 - Political Science - 122 pages
Published by the Council on Foreign Relations Press, 58 East 68th St., New York, NY 10021. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Page 3 - Council shall be to advise the President with respect to the integration of domestic, foreign, and military policies relating, to the national security so as to enable the military services and the other departments and agencies of the Government to cooperate more effectively in matters involving the national security.
Page 104 - A nation's competitiveness is the degree to which it can, under free and fair market conditions, produce goods and services that meet the test of international markets while simultaneously expanding the real incomes of its citizens.
Page 57 - If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.
Page 52 - The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible.
Page 17 - Emissions resulting from human activities are substantially increasing the atmospheric concentrations of the greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide, methane, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and nitrous oxide. These increases will enhance the greenhouse effect, resulting on average in an additional warming of the Earth's surface.
Page 39 - An attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such an assault will be repelled by use of any means necessary, including military force
Page 35 - ... events", Ereignisse. In die gleiche Richtung argumentiert Richard Ullman (1983: 133), der die theoretisch wohl ambitionierteste Neudefinition von „Sicherheit" gegeben hat, indem er „die Bedrohung" neu konzeptionalisiert: „[A] threat to national security is an action or sequence of events that (1) threatens drastically and over a relatively brief span of time to degrade the quality of life for the inhabitants of a state, or (2) threatens significantly to narrow the ränge of policy choices...
Page 16 - Each State Party to this Convention undertakes not to engage in military or any other hostile use of environmental modification techniques having widespread, long-lasting or severe effects as the means of destruction, damage or injury to any other State Party.
Page 82 - Political language - and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists - is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
Page 5 - Lippmann's words, a nation is secure to the extent to which it is not in danger of having to sacrifice core values, if it wishes to avoid war, and is able, if challenged, to maintain them by victory in such a war.2 What this definition implies is that security rises and falls with the ability of a nation to deter an attack, or to defeat it.

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Romm is executive director of the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, a nonprofit consulting firm. He served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, where he directed the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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