Morag Pens Comparative Homeland Security Textbook
As Nadav Morag researched literature for the Comparative Government for Homeland Security course he team teaches, he discovered a dearth of comprehensive research on the topic.
The Center for Homeland Defense and Security faculty member remedied that shortcoming by writing the recently released “Comparative Homeland Security: Global Lessons” (Wiley Press, October 2011), which is part of Wiley Series in Homeland and Defense Security edited by Ted Lewis.
The goal of the work was to study best practices and the manner in which other nations conduct homeland security policy.
“This is the first book of its kind,” Morag said. “There are other books out there that deal with other countries in the context of narrow aspects of homeland security, but nobody wrote a book that looks across the whole spectrum of issues or across as broad a range of countries.”
All too often homeland security is viewed through a domestic lens. Morag analyzes homeland security approaches from nations such as Great Britain, Israel, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, and Italy and others by taking on commonly accepted homeland security issues from immigration and border security to public communication and disaster response.
He does not suggest that other nations are necessarily always better at developing security policy and, in fact, notes that there are plenty of things other nations can learn from the United States (which he does not address in the book as there are a range of other books that focus exclusively on the United States). However, he believes policy makers in the United States would be well-advised to take note of nations that are grappling with similar issues and his intended reading audience is primarily American.
“It’s inconceivable American policy makers can plan homeland security strategies without looking to other countries,” Morag said. “Despite the somewhat misleading term ‘homeland’ security, homeland security does not start within our borders. Obviously part of homeland security is prevention. You have to know what is being done overseas to prevent the threats, be they terrorism, pandemics, large-scale crime or other threats from coming to us.”
Moreover, Morag hopes universities and colleges will embrace comparative studies and include a course such as the one taught at CHDS in their programs.
In breaking ground on this topic, a research challenge was gaining access to information from countries that don’t have the same kind of government transparency of Western nations such as the U.S. and Great Britain. There was also a language barrier.
Morag said future editions are likely as policies and threats are ever-evolving.
“Homeland security is constantly changing,” Morag observed. “Countries are passing new laws and new strategies and additional information is becoming available. This is a dynamic field that is constantly evolving.”
Comparative Homeland Security: Global Lessons
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 25, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470497149
- ISBN-13: 978-0470497142