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Natural Security: A Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World

Raphael Sagarin and Jennifer Hyndman


Arms races among invertebrates, intelligence gathering by the immune system, and alarm calls by marmots are but a few of nature's security strategies that have been tested and modified over billions of years. This book applies lessons from nature to our own toughest security problems—from global terrorism to the rise of infectious disease to natural disasters. The text considers how models and ideas from evolutionary biology can improve national security strategies ranging from risk assessment, security analysis, and public policy to long-term strategic goals.

Keywords: invertebrates, immune system, alarm calls, security strategies, global terrorism, infectious disease, natural disasters, risk assessment, security analysis, public policy

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520253476
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520253476.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raphael Sagarin, editor

Jennifer Hyndman, editor

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Part One Introduction

Part Two Life History and Security

Part Three Security Today

Part FourEvolution’s Imprint

Chapter 7 Militants and Martyrs

Richard Sosis, and Candace S. Alcorta

Part Five Ecology and Security

Chapter 11 Population Models and Counterinsurgency Strategies

Dominic D. P. Johnson, and Joshua S. Madin

Chapter 12 The Infectiousness of Terrorist Ideology

Kevin D. Lafferty, Katherine F. Smith, and Elizabeth M. P. Madin

Part Six Synthesis

Chapter 13 Paradigm Shifts in Security Strategy

Dominic D. P. Johnson, and Elizabeth M. P. Madin

End Matter