Securing the State and its Citizens: National Security Councils from Around the World

Securing the State and its Citizens: National Security Councils from Around the World | Bloomsbury Publishing

The global security situation is challenging and constantly changing. Responding to threats requires the effective coordination of the various levers of national power. These must now go beyond the traditional diplomatic, information, military and economic levers, to involve other, non-security agencies, including those responsible for the environment, health, education and industry.

Through a uniquely extensive study of countries from across the world, this book considers how nations have developed bespoke coordination mechanisms to the unique threats they face, and how these mechanisms have had to evolve as the threats change. It covers nations for whom the system is well established (e.g. the US in 1947) and other countries whose arrangements are more recent, such as the UK (2010). Where the National Security Councils have existed for longest, the case studies highlight how they have transformed as the national understanding of security has changed, typically to reflect a broadening. Consequently, while there are no universal solutions, the comparative approach taken in this book identifies enduring principles for shaping the creation or reform of national security coordination fit for the challenges of the twenty-first century.

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Published by Bloomsbury Publishing (Bloomsbury Academic Imprint) on 30 June 2022. Pre-order now 


It is an excellent idea to review the different approaches countries have taken in building their security organisations. I regret that this sort of book was not around when we were designing New Zealand's system. Where we had largely to rely on our own circumstances, we can now compare and learn from the wider experience of many others from across the world.

Gerald Hensley

First Co-ordinator of New Zealand Domestic and External Security (1987-1989)

A timely and much-needed comprehensive study of national security structures building upon the experiences of different countries, political systems and strategic cultures. An invaluable reference for academicians, political analysts foreign policy experts and practitioners working in the field.

Dr Yevgeniya Gaber

Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine

Anthology Editor

Paul O’Neill

Senior Research Fellow

Military Sciences

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