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Announcing "Natural Security: A Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World"

We are pleased to announce the publication of Natural Security: A Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World. This volume, edited by Raphael Sagarin, an ecologist, and Terence Taylor, a security expert, showcases a broad range of approaches to Darwinian Security. Available to order now from the University of California Press.

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 provocative book applies lessons from nature to our own toughest security problems--from global terrorism to the rise of infectious disease to natural disasters.

Written by a truly multidisciplinary group including paleobiologists, anthropologists, psychologists, ecologists, and national security experts, it 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.

Preview the book by taking a glimpse inside the Table of Contents and the Introductory chapter:

Table of Contents
Introduction: The Origins of Natural Security

Photo of Natural Security Book Cover

Book Reviews

3.26.2009 | Henry Berry appeared in gather, a educational social network

9.24.2008 | Paul Ehrlich appeared in Trends in Ecology and Evolution

5.22.2008 | Jessica Flack appeared in Nature

"The insights in this book show us why we need flexible and adaptive security policies to respond to the current extraordinary security challenges. Senior policymakers should heed the perspectives offered by the authors of this invaluable book--if they are ignored the world will be a more perilous place."

- Senator Sam Nunn, Co-Chairman & CEO, the Nuclear Threat Initiative

"A fascinating read, and an essential and novel perspective on international security. Sagarin and his collaborators are not afraid to think outside the box, effectively making the case that we need to think about these problems in new ways."

--Simon Levin, George M. Moffett Professor of Biology, Princeton University

"Sagarin and Taylor's Natural Security searches for the roots of political stability by studying interaction in its most fundamental forms, from genes and cells to ideology. This fresh, bold book heralds a vital integration of evolutionary analysis with real-life problems."

--Richard Wrangham, Ruth B. Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology, Harvard University

"As the ongoing disaster in Iraq so graphically demonstrates, we need new ways to think about international security and what policies to pursue. Drawing on modern evolutionary biology in diverse ways these essays suggest new modes of analysis and scientific additions to our social, economic and political models. The net result is an insightful and stimulating contribution to a critical debate."

--Malcolm Dando, Professor of International Security, Bradford University, UK