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Michael Durant Thomas: The Securitization of Climate Change: Australian and United States' Military Responses (2003–2013) (Cham- New York - Heidelberg - Dordrecht - London: Springer International Publishing, 2017).

ISBN: 978-3-319-49657-3 (Softcover)
ISBN: 978-3-319-49658-0 (EBook)
Doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-49658-0_ (add chapter no.)

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On this Book

  • Offers a rare and systematic examination of military climate policy by a military officer
  • Identifies a divergence of Australian military climate policy from that of the US military
  • Develops a unique method that quantifies climate security, enabling a graphical representation for quick and ready reference ideally suited to policy makers

This book examines the process of climate securitization within the United States and Australian political-military sector between 2003–2013. Drawing on established securitization frameworks (“Copenhagen” and “Paris” Schools), the author uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative techniques to systematically analyze more than 3,500 official publications from the US and Australian political-military sector. The results offers a rare insight into how each military framed climate change as a security threat and formulated their own unique institutional responses within a heavily politicized context. The book consists of eight chapters divided into four parts; focusing on: perspectives/methodological insights; empirical case studies; case study comparison and concluding observations.


On the Author

Michael Thomas

Dr Michael Thomas is an Australian climate and water security researcher. He spent 20 years in the Australian military and is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy, the Royal Military College (Duntroon) and the Australian Capability and Technology Management College. His doctorate examined how militaries have responded to the threat posed by climate change, and he has been active in educating global military leaders for six years through his work with the Australian Defence Force Global Change and Energy Sustainability Initiative, as a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Defence College and as a visiting lecturer at the University of New South Wales and Deakin University. Michael has completed climate resilience and capacity building studies at the United Nations University Tokyo and, together with his PhD from the University of New South Wales, holds three post-graduate degrees in Oceanography, International Relations and Management. He was a co-author on the influential 2015 Australian Climate Council publication Be Prepared that addressed climate security risks in the Australian Defence sector. Any views expressed in this book are his own. This is his first book.